…because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs. Luke 11:1-13 I find it interesting that Jesus points out the nuances in the art of friendship. I remember the times when well after dinnertime and my kitchen had been cleaned and “closed”, my mother after traveling on the road, would sometimes drop by my house unannounced with a friend and ask what I had to eat. I was always happy to see my mother and her friends but not so happy that I usually ended up having to clean my kitchen again. It never stopped her from showing up unannounced and I feel blessed that as I became an adult my mother became my friend. I am blessed that she felt comfortable enough to bring her friends to my house and “raid” my kitchen after hours. I suppose only a mother friend could get away with something like that. It’s like that with God as well. We have a tendency to show up before God after having traveled through a tremendous experience asking for sustenance, seeking refuge and knocking with the expectation that the door will be opened. Christ assures us that God is a much better friend than any one of us could ever be. And its a good thing because some interesting conversations and shared wisdom always came out of those late night kitchen raids. The good news for us is that God’s kitchen is always open.
“For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:1-13