Eating crackers when you could have lasagna

It seems like just yesterday when Beth and I went to Russia.  My brother-in-law, Chris and his wife were adopting two boys from Siberia.  They had already been there for two weeks and were not eating well.  Because everything was written in russian, meal time became impossible.

When we arrived, they were so excited to go to dinner so I could read the menu and communicate with the waiters.  I grew up learning russian and even though I wasn’t fluent, I could at least stumble through a menu.

After two weeks of surviving on crackers and dehydrated noodle soup, Chris’ mouth was watering as he asked me to read the items on the menu.  Reading the menu was only the first step.  Next, I would have to know the russian vocabulary and interpret what it meant in english.

But what I saw made me laugh…

лазанья –  As I read this, I realized that they were phonetically spelling out “Lasagna” in russian.

I then started laughing harder as I phonetically read the rest of the items out loud:  chicken parmigiana, spaghetti, etc.  So in front of me was a whole menu written in russian of phonetically spelled out english names … for italian food!  Crazy!!

You see, all we had to do was just say what we wanted in english.  The waiters would have understood perfectly with no russian translator!  Instead of eating crackers for two weeks, Chris could have been eating lasagna!

We all get stuck not knowing how to pray sometimes.  It feels like we have to learn some spiritual way of saying things so that God can understand what we mean.  What we need to do is talk plainly to Him and our Heavenly Father understands us just fine.

I love Psalm 5:3  –  “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”

Are you trying to figure out how to ask God for something, or how to tell Him what you’re worried about?  Just say it.  He understands.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  ~ Philippians 4:6

But if I pray the word “Corvette”, one won’t appear in my driveway.  My will and my requests have to be lined up with Jesus Christ.  If we seek first the Kingdom of God” like Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, our prayers will probably not include words like “Corvette” – but they might include lasagna.

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