” When they arrived at the Jordan, they began cutting down trees. But as one of them was cutting a tree, his ax head fell into the river. Oh sir! he cried, it was a borrowed ax. Where did it fall? the man of God asked. When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it into the water at that spot. Then the ax head floated to the surface.” 2 Kings 6:4-6
In 1981, I received my first job as a full-time youth minister. I had no real training except for some volunteering I did at the churches I went to and got degree in Bible. All I had was a passion for youth and the enthusiasm to go with it. On my first day in the office, I remember greeting the secretary, going into my office, closing the door and going to my desk. I put my feet up on the desk and thought, “What in the world am I going to do now!” The moment I had been dreaming of since I was 14 had finally come true and I had no idea how to begin. I prayed to God and he sent a mentor names Andy Brewster who taught me how to be a minister. It seemed trivial to pray that prayer at the time but it would be a prayer that would change my life forever.
It took a while but I learned that God cares about all aspects of my life. In the scripture above, God cared enough about this prophet that he recovered the borrowed head of a broken ax. Even though it was only a tool, it meant a lot to the prophet to return it back to the owner in one piece. Because we are His children, we can ask God for anything. Not only can we ask but He wants us to ask. Even though God already knows our needs and wants, He still wants us to ask so we can keep adding to our relationship experiences with Him. He wants us to get to know Him as well as He knows us so we can learn to trust Him more. Maybe you’re struggling with being a good parent or maybe your addicted to pornography; tell God about it and let Him send you some help or guide you into a better way of doing things. Or maybe you’re trying to make a decision about purchasing a new car or allowing your child to play baseball. God wants to know about all of these things. The next time your ax head falls into the water, ask God to help you. Perhaps you’ll be able to see it float to the top of the water and you’ll be thankful that you asked.