“Ask, and it will be given to you; search and you will find;
knock, and the door will be opened for you.” Luke 11:9

My knees were weak, my palms were sweaty;  pretty sure there was something on my sweater already… Mom’s spaghetti? I was nervous. But, on the surface, I looked calm and ready…* not really… I was a total WRECK!
That was me about 13 years ago. Flummoxed. This problem with seemingly no solution. See, I met a girl. A fantastic girl. The girl of my dreams in fact, and we had both been at the same music festival, so I got to hang out with her for three days in a row under that pretext. Not a date, but a lot of time spent together (with her mom and stepdad).
But the festival was over. Monday was upon me, and I had no practical, logical reason to see her… all I knew was that I didn’t want the day to end before I got to see her again.
I was pacing a rut into the carpet when my drummer showed up to drop off his gear in our practice space. He saw me. He saw how agitated I was, and that wasn’t me. I was Mr. Calm-Under-Pressure. He asked. I told him I couldn’t get this girl off my mind, but I didn’t know if she felt the same, and for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how to figure it out.
Thankfully, in addition to keeping a steady beat, drummers are also wise. He smacked me upside the head and said… “ASK HER OUT, YOU FOOL! You’ll never know if you don’t ask.”
And so I called. I asked. She answered. We went to dinner, we walked on the beach, we saw a movie, and we got married 10 months later.
“ASK, YOU FOOL!” We’ve been blessed with a God who not only makes promises but also keeps them. One of the biggest is, “Ask, and it will be given; seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened.” God is not asking us to make huge pilgrimages or elaborate demonstrations of faith, just a simple expression of trust: to ask. A little bit of effort in searching for the answer, and the courage to knock on a door expecting to find God’s goodness and love on the other side.
Keep searching, keep knocking, keep asking. Because you will never know if you don’t ask.

Still glad I asked,
Pastor Mike

*adapted from “Lose Yourself” by Eminem