The Yes or No Game
yes or no."
You become famous and earn millions of dollars…"
then you GIVE ALL TO ME!"
boys play this game all the time. Chase made it up. They
will laugh hilariously throughout the whole game! To them,
it's great fun!
your turn, Chase. Choose yes or no."
DIDN'T get pizza for supper. You had to eat broccoli instead!"
by this game, I began inquiring of the rules…
there a winner…?"
really. You just have to make a decision whether you want
something to happen to you or not…"
don't even know what's going to happen…how can you answer
yes or no before it happens?"
don't know…I guess we never thought of that...it's just
what's the point? I don't really get it…
as I continued listening to them playing this game one afternoon,
I couldn't help but catch the hilarity of the game. Soon,
though I was just a confused observer, they had me laughing
as they willingly and repeatedly chose to put themselves
in peril, in ridicule, and in impossible situations just
because they chose "yes" or "no."
never went well for them! They continued to place themselves
at the mercy of those who sought their demise. No matter
which decision they made, they came to ruin.
in some weird way, that was just hilarious…
you think that life with Christ ought to be like the "Yes
or No Game"? Have you reached that point in your Christian
of all, have you given your life to Him? He is the Best
Choice you'll ever make. I can't imagine going through life
without Him. Though I accepted Him as a young child, it
took me awhile to trust Him completely, with all that I
remember as a teen-aged girl, sitting in a beanbag chair
in my room. My Bible was open. Tears were streaming down
my face. I whispered to Him…
You'll never leave me?"
He never has. He's been there through my single years, through
my years of marriage, through childlessness and child-bearing
been there through love and loss, joy and despair.
the only One that I would seriously play the "Yes or
No Game" with. He can have my life. I will answer YES
every time, unequivocally, blindly.
can decide my fortune or my demise. Whatever He wants. I
am His, even though I don't know what I'm "saying YES"
to…not exactly. It doesn't matter.
trust Him wholeheartedly.
maybe not as much as Emerson does. She is one of our precious
four-year-old African daughters. Emerson just seems to have
the gift of faith. She prays, and then she believes! She
has no doubt that God will take care of her and her family.
of you who know us well know that our 15 passenger van has
been a trial to us. It's old…and worn out. Carrying Lovelace's
around for more than a decade has just taken its toll. We've
prayed for a new van for several years now. Though God hasn't
yet given us a new van, He has seen fit to sustain our old
one…until just a few weeks ago.
our van didn't pass inspection this year, and the cost to
fix it? Well…it was more money than we have -- more money
than the van is worth! So, we have "put the old girl
out to pasture," as some might say. Our van sits in
our driveway, alone. It is time for retirement.
leaves us Lovelace's in a bit of a situation…there are too
many of us to fit into our car! Brooklyn has been so kind
to let us use her car anytime we need it, but even going
to church together has become difficult.
don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining. Not at all! When
we pulled the van into the driveway and parked it for good…I
was filled with perfect peace. It was unexplainable -- that
kind of peace that passes all understanding! We stood as
a family and prayed, telling God that we would trust Him
completely for the next step.
asked God for a new van, in His time.
does this have to do with Emerson? Not too long ago, our
neighbor's family came to visit. They have a nice new van,
but unfortunately, our neighbor doesn't have much of a driveway.
So, they kindly asked if they could park their van in our
driveway. We happily said they could -- we have a nice,
big driveway with plenty of room.
ready for church on that following Sunday morning, we had
just sat down at the table and thanked God for our food.
Taking a bite of toast, Emerson said, "That was SO
NICE of God to give us that new van! I can't WAIT to ride
to church in it this morning!"
all stopped and stared at her.
new van??" one of the kids asked. Several of the boys
ran to the door to see.
it dawned on me. Emerson knew nothing about our neighbor's
visitors…she was thinking that the neighbors' van was OUR
new van, given by God Himself. Oh, I hated to tell her differently!
When I did, she looked confused. Then, she said, "Well,
God will give us one. You just wait and see!"
we were walking out the door, I looked up. "Father,
do you see her faith?? Oh, Father, show Your faithfulness
still don't have a new van. The old one just sits there,
as a reminder to pray for God to provide, but only in His
are at peace.
always begins her prayers with "GOD IS GREAT GOD IS
other morning during our family prayer time, she prayed,
IS GREAT GOD IS GOOD…Dear Lord, we can't WAIT to see what
color our new van will be! I think pink and red and purple
would be really nice. Amen."
has a plan. Did you know that?
has a plan for your life -- a plan to prosper you, not to
destroy you. A plan for good, not for evil. Are you willing
to walk in His plan?
yes or no."
"For I know the plans I have
for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper
you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.
Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and
I will listen to you.
You will seek Me, and find Me when you seek Me with all
I will be found by you!" declares the Lord…
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