God knows the desires of your heart and it is His good pleasure to give those things to you. Nothing is too great or too small for you to go to your Father with. Seek Him and you will find Him. If it’s important to you, it’s important to Him.


For years before OpenDoor Food Bank became a reality, my family and I would pick up food from Bread Basket Ministries and hit the road every Saturday. We had a route through the backroads and byways of Johnson County and would take food to over 70 needy seniors.

These people were so grateful and happy to see us, they would hug my kids nearly to death. They would invite us in for lemonade or to visit on the porch. However, there was one woman who always met us at the gate. She would only let me hand her the bags over the chain link fence.

I could tell she was uneasy about letting us into her home. Now, I’m a big ugly guy so at first, I thought it was me. After a while, it became apparent it was something else. Something deeply shameful.

Me being as subtle as a meat cleaver, finally asked what the problem was. She turned beet red and said she was too embarrassed to have anyone in her home because her roof had leaked badly for over 20 years. It had caused her floors and walls to rot.

While I wanted to tell her I could round up some guys to come in and fix the problem, I knew better. I didn’t want to promise something I couldn’t deliver, despite the plan forming in my head to raise the money, buy the supplies and pull together a team of construction volunteers. Instead I asked her if we could pray for God to do a miracle.

She said she felt silly asking God to fix her roof when so many other people needed bigger or more important things. Hmmmm.

She was a really sweet old lady with good intentions, but that line of thinking had kept her from being blessed for a very long time. I told her she needed to get over that feeling and ask God to provide, and pray we did.

That week, I made arrangements for manpower and supplies and was excited to tell her about my plan to fix her roof. Saturday rolled around and as we pulled up to her house, my eyes nearly bugged out. It was an entirely new house!

She came running out the gate to hug me, excited and full of life. She was so grateful to God for answering her prayer

She said the city was putting up a new telephone pole a few days after I left. It crashed through her roof and damaged the walls and floors. Being an election year, the mayor didn’t want the bad press of making a sweet old lady homeless. By Friday she had new framework, floors, walls and a new roof.

For the first time, I saw the inside of her house – the house God built. We blessed her and the house with prayer.

When I look back on that miracle, it seem stop me that God had been waiting for years to give that woman a new roof. It never occurred to her to ask because she underestimated God. She thought he would see her roof as trivial. How it must have hurt our Father to know she assumed He considered her unimportant. She was wrong on both counts.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives, and he who seeks, finds and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, He will give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know who to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in Heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” 
–Matthew 7:17-12

When the Good Book says, “you have not because you ask not,” God’s not kidding. He wants to provide and He’ll do it in some crazy cool ways.