“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7
The Sister in my local community, Joan, put up a bird feeder in our backyard to attract goldfinches. It’s a special bird feeder built to resist the thieving neighborhood squirrels who defy gravity in their quest for food.
Goldfinches are stunning, beautiful yellow birds that seem to travel in pairs. They are small and quick and attracted to this particular kind of seed that hangs from the metal pole about five feet high.
How is it that the goldfinches show up? I’m totally mystified by the fact that these birds – who I have never seen in our backyard before – show up because the seed is suddenly there. Who let them know that their special food is there for them? How did they know to come to our backyard? Is there an Internet for birds? Do they tweet? Do they post to an avian FaceBook?
Can I ask God? And will God come? In Matthew 7:7 Jesus says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” As much as I have always known this saying of Jesus, sometimes I would rather just do it myself and I forget to ask for God’s help.
What seed would you put out for God? And do you have faith enough to trust that God will come and answer your prayer? Some days I do and some days I don’t. But the bird feeder reminds me that all I need do is ask and then watch for God to appear. I remember to ask and God comes.
When you put out your seed and ask God, remember that the goldfinches came.