We were going to Vegas, buddy.
Trey and I…flying high.
We weren’t going to gamble or to introduce my boy to libertine living, but to participate in a martial arts tournament.
Trey had been training hard and was determined to bring home the gold.
The instructor was coaching him with fervor and reminding us to eat well, sleep well, and not to get hurt pursuing other hobbies.
He once had a boy break his arm while skateboarding just two weeks before a tournament.
Don’t be that boy, he warned.
Trey was not that boy…he broke his arm while skateboarding three weeks before the tournament.
He got the soft cast yesterday, then he’ll have three weeks in a hard one.
The hard cast will come off one week after the tournament and one week too late to participate.
Naturally he is disconsolate, and naturally, he comes to me for comfort and to understand this cruel twist of circumstance.
“Everything happens for a reason”, I offered.
“Will you pray”? he asked.
I ignored the prayer request because we all know that God isn’t going to heal his arm on time and the earlier in life that he can accept the religious cliche I offered that everything happens for mysterious reasons known only to God the better off he will be.
Hopefully, he’s too young to inquire of me why we only use that cliche when something bad happens….
“Will you pray”? he asked again…this time with a voice of desperation.
If I say yes, he’ll want an x ray every day to see if God has healed him yet and if God doesn’t heal him I’ve already used my best cliche.
If God doesn’t answer his prayer he’ll be utterly disappointed with Jesus and leave the faith when he gets older and run a snarky internet site mocking Christians.
“WILL YOU PRAY”????…now the volume is up and the tears are flowing.
Yes, I’ll pray.
I’ll pray for a child like faith that still believes that God can and God will do things beside provide cliches for jaded Christian parents.
I’ll pray for the faith to risk praying big prayers to a bigger God.
I’ll pray for a heart that won’t settle for cliches when prayer is an option.
I’ll pray that you never lose your hope in the mercy and goodness of God.
I’ll pray…that your arm is healed in time to catch a flight to Vegas.
God may just heal him…everything happens for a reason.
Make your own application…