A few days before her fifth birthday Big Girl asked me for a pink Barbie car for her birthday. I remember it like it was yesterday. We were sitting in the parking lot at Costco about to go in to order her birthday cake before heading to the local YMCA for a youth festival. She was talking to my sister/niece Kendra over the Bluetooth speaker in the car. Kendra asked her what she wanted for her birthday and without hesitation she blurted out, “I want a pink Barbie car!” I have no clue where the idea came from. She had never mentioned a car before. And with the same certainty of her ask, I responded “no, you’re not getting a Barbie car!”
As a parent I thought about the $500 cost, the (lack of) capacity, and my own cautious nature freaking out with her driving an automatic vehicle. So I said no. And she asked a few more times—and by a few, I mean one million—because that’s what children do, but by the time we reached the YMCA, she was over the pink Barbie car.
A few hours later, tuckered out from the jumping castle, climbing a fire truck, obstacle courses, face painting and lots of treats, we headed to the car. I should mention that when we arrived, the area around the YMCA was jam packed. There wasn’t a parking spot in sight, so we parked a few blocks away. Arriving at the car, I got Baby Girl settled in her car seat first and then went around the car to get Big Girl settled in her seat. As I was walking around the car something caught my eye. It was a garage sale and at the end of the driveway a bubblegum pink Barbie Cadillac Escalade was parked! I couldn’t believe my eyes. I quickly buckled Big Girl in her car seat, turned on the car so the girls could be comfortable with AC and Kidz Bop, locked the door and went to investigate.
I got the attention of the homeowner and asked, “Sir, is this for sale?” He shook his head from side to side and told me to walk around the car where I saw a cardboard sign that read, “FREE!” I gasped! And then I told him the story as we walked over to put the car into my trunk. The Barbie car wouldn’t fit with the kids in their car seats, so I dropped them home and returned for the car. Later that week after receiving a new battery and giving the car a good wash, they took the car out for a spin!
I’m not the name it and claim it type, but I do believe in the power of prayer. And I believe that God inclines His ear to our longings. And I also believe that persistence in prayer captures the heart of God, as Jesus taught in Matthew 7:7. I may have said no to Big Girl’s request and she may have finally stopped asking me for the car, but I believe that she never let her desire go and God said yes! I‘m happy to report that she’s still driving and has taught her sister to drive, too! Thank God is only goes 6mph!
So today I invite you to be persistent in prayer, trusting that “For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”