It was just a random weekday at Sam’s Club.
My then, very young, Grant and I were pushing our way in an oversized shopping cart, browsing all the bulk.
Everything that day was oversized and only a card-carrying club member got in on those deals.
Grant couldn’t have been older that five-years-old. Well maybe he was six? I am not sure, but one thing is for sure. There was nothing oversized about him. His teeny frame sat upright in the front of that cart, his little hands holding a cinnamon sugar pretzel and asking for everything in a colorful box.
It was just a random weekday, but today if you ask Grant about that trip to Sam’s he would tell you about it. In great detail.
You see, on that random weekday at Sam’s, browsing the bulk and eating a pretzel, Grant looked at me and said, “I want to ask Jesus in my heart.”
“I want to ask Jesus in my heart.”
I heard him right and you are reading this correctly. He was a serious as the bulk was large and the Lord was doing an oversized work in his soul right then and there.
At Sam’s Club.
“Buddy, not here. Not at Sam’s. I want us to talk more about it. I want Daddy to be with us when we do. There are a few things I want to ask you about and read with you first.”
I am sure I fumbled over words something like that… Not expecting to be having this conversation while sipping on a 32-ounce soda and pushing a bonus size toilet paper around.
So we did wait. We went home and proceeded with our day.
Naptime turned into playtime and playtime to dinner… a very simple hotdog dinner, I recall. And that evening, over a plastic plate of cut up franks, Grant confessed his sin and asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior.
But if you ask Grant TODAY, at almost 17-years-old, when he made a decision to follow Christ, HE WOULD TELL YOU AT SAM’S CLUB.
And he would also add…. but mom wouldn’t let me.
Ha! It’s true.
He recalls my informing him that the moment wasn’t right.
“Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14
I had prayed for this moment from the time two lines showed pink, but when it ACTUALLY came, I didn’t trust it.
It didn’t seem “right”.
Why do I share this today? This was NOT my most remarkable motherhood moment, that is for SURE.
I share because SO MANY OF US have issues going on with sons and daughters RIGHT NOW.
And your heart is BREAKING. Maybe you, too, can think back at ALL THE PRAYERS you have prayed —
Asking God to…
…. soften their heart
…. convict them of sin
…. to do a work
…. heal an addiction
…. turn them from rebellion
Or maybe you have simply prayed, “Lord, let them desire to follow You.”
Well let me encourage you…. God has heard every request. He isn’t ignoring you.
And from what I learned on that random weekday, pushing a shopping cart around Sam’s Club, is God DOES OVERSIZED WORK IN UNEXPECTING WAYS.
Take courage, sweet mama. Even if your “little child” isn’t little anymore… we can still ask the Lord to let YOUR “little one come to Him and that NOTHING would hinder.”
It wasn’t in my timing or in the way I would have ever imagined. But God answered my prayers.
In His way.
And He is good. Even if the situation seems bad.
And let me add, YOU are someone’s little one, too…. maybe the Lord is doing a “come to me” work in your own life… let nothing hinder you, either. It doesn’t matter your age, what you’ve been through, or decisions made of late…. The kingdom of God belongs to you, too.
We are breaking free of bondage EVERY SINGLE DAY…. and this newfound freedom may have been what was hindering you to run to God. No more excuses. No more waiting.
If the urge hits you to surrender your life completely to God today…. do it. Even if you are eating a hotdog on a random Wednesday… let nothing stop you.
- We all have children in our lives. Even if you are not a parent, what “little ones” come to mind? Stop and pray over them right now. You may be the only one to do it.
- If you don’t know how to pray for your kids, this is a GREAT resource to give you some language and scripture for your time with God.
- Are you feeling the Lord drawing YOU closer to Him? If so, what might be “hindering you to come”?