Caden put on his sneakers the other day and began complaining that they were bugging his feet. I asked him where, and when he pointed to his toes, I did the typical mommy thing and squeezed the end of his shoe. Sure enough, there was no space left. That one definitely snuck up on me, especially since it means he’s now wearing a size 12–the same as Ian.
I looked for shoes at a couple of my usual places but wasn’t finding them for a price I wanted to pay. (I refuse to spend more than $10 when he’s going to outgrow them while there’s still plenty of wear left!) At the final store, as I approached the shoe department I suddenly “spoke” this prayer in my head: “Oh Lord, that you would bless me…” Some of you will recognize those words prayed by Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4. Though I’m familiar with his prayer, I don’t think I’ve ever used those exact words myself. And to be honest, I’m not always faithful to pray for God’s blessing when it comes to things like this. (Translation: too self-reliant.)
As I rounded the corner to the kids’ aisle, my eyes immediately focused on a box of sneakers with a clearance tag. $6.87. But there was only one box with that tag, though there were lots of boxes left of the exact same style of shoes. Can you guess what size was in that box? Yep, a 12.
Coincidence? I don’t think so. More like a simple blessing from a personal God who actually cares about one of His kids getting a good deal on a pair of shoes for her son. A God who would probably love for this kid to ask (and trust) Him for far more than she currently does.
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11
“You do not have because you do not ask.” James 4:2b