(A picture I took in Amsterdam a few weeks ago)
This morning I've had Simon and Garfunkle's "Song for the Asking" running through my head. It started with a conversation I've been having with my wife. For some reason, she's been reminding me to ask. To ask God for the things I desire.
SONG FOR THE ASKING
It seems like a simple task, but I admit I don't do it very often...at least with God. I'm good at asking other people for things. Not because I'm some leech or something. But the band has evolved into an entity that has attracted all sorts of talents. I have found myself "asking" people to help out in many, many different capacities. Contrary to popular belief, the band does not roll in money. So to get things done at a high level of excellence and art, most of "us" are doing so because we simply love contributing. I've learned to ask. I'm always telling people about some new idea or project going on with the band. "hey, wanna help?" Being in this place has been a gratifying stage of my career. I feel so grateful to be working in an environment where the art that inspires people to action. It is a heart behind the music. It is not money, but passion…a commodity that cannot be stolen or run out because of economics.
This has come some gradually and naturally through doing the music of Future of Forestry. But “working” with God in this matter is not so easy for me. I think its easy for me to feel like I am not supposed to ask God for things unless its within some religious permission. “God, help me not to be tempted in such and such way” or “God, break me, humble, me, etc.” Yet, to ask like a child asks for a snack or a treat is another story. Why is this so hard for me? Is the Bible not filled with entreaties to ask like a child? Are the psalms not filled with requests?
IT WORKED IN THE PAST
I know there have been times in my life where I felt free to ask. Years ago, when the band was Something Like Silas, I prayed for a list of things. Among those were, a sound system to tour with, a van and trailer, and the best record label out there. Within months those things just plopped themselves on my lap. The pursuing was not up to me. Just the asking.
It is time to ask. It is time to indulge in the Father/son pleasure of child-like asking. “Father, this is what is on my heart, this is what I want this year. Lets sit together and talk about the dreams of my heart…”