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The Yes or No Game

 

"Choose yes or no."

 

"Umm…..YES!"

 

"OK. You become famous and earn millions of dollars…"

 

"I do??? ALRIGHT!!"

 

"Yeah…but then you GIVE ALL TO ME!"

 

The 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!

 

"OK, your turn, Chase. Choose yes or no."

 

"No."

 

"Ok…you DIDN'T get pizza for supper. You had to eat broccoli instead!"

 

Intrigued by this game, I began inquiring of the rules…

 

"Is there a winner…?"

 

"Not really. You just have to make a decision whether you want something to happen to you or not…"

 

"But…you don't even know what's going to happen…how can you answer yes or no before it happens?"

 

"I don't know…I guess we never thought of that...it's just fun!"

 

So what's the point? I don't really get it…

 

But 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."

 

It 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.

 

And in some weird way, that was just hilarious…

 

Do you think that life with Christ ought to be like the "Yes or No Game"? Have you reached that point in your Christian walk?

 

First 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 am.

 

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…

 

"Promise You'll never leave me?"

 

And He never has. He's been there through my single years, through my years of marriage, through childlessness and child-bearing and adoption….

 

He's been there through love and loss, joy and despair.

 

He's 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.

 

He 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.

 

I trust Him wholeheartedly.

 

But 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.

 

Those 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.

 

Sadly, 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.

 

This 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.

 

Oh, 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.

 

We asked God for a new van, in His time.

 

What 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.

 

Getting 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!"

 

We all stopped and stared at her.

 

"What new van??" one of the kids asked. Several of the boys ran to the door to see.

 

Suddenly 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!"

 

As we were walking out the door, I looked up. "Father, do you see her faith?? Oh, Father, show Your faithfulness to her!"

 

We 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 time.

 

We are at peace.

 

Emerson always begins her prayers with "GOD IS GREAT GOD IS GOOD."

 

The other morning during our family prayer time, she prayed,

 

"GOD 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."

 

Amen.

 

God has a plan. Did you know that?

 

God 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?

 

"Choose 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 your heart.
I will be found by you!" declares the Lord…

Jeremiah 20:11-14a




 

 

 

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