A few weeks ago we were given passes to the water park at the Great Wolf Lodge…
Typically you don’t have access to the water park unless you stay at the hotel, but these passes allowed us to go for free.
It was glorious.
My kids loved it. Really loved it. My son cried hard when we had to leave.
It was interesting to me that they liked it because they wouldn’t go on any of the slides. They liked to just splash in the kiddie pool or have us hold them in the wave pool. I on the other hand wasn’t content to just hang out in the kiddie pool. I had my eyes set on…
That is the Tornado.
It’s a tube ride that requires 2 to 4 people. My kids were too young to hang out by themselves so my wife and I couldn’t go. I really wanted to ride this ride but the odds weren’t in my favor.
While splashing in the kiddie pool I asked God to connect me with someone else so I could go on this ride. That’s a crazy prayer right?
I mean at the end of the day this doesn’t really matter. It doesn’t seem like a God type prayer.
Or does it?
God wants to be a part of our lives. He’s the perfect heavenly Father who loves giving good gifts to His kids. We don’t have because we don’t ask, so I asked.
But God didn’t deliver.
I waited and waited and no one came up to me to ask me if I’d like to experience the awesomeness that is the Tornado. No one.
So Monica told me to just walk up to the ride and see what happens. I scoffed at her. That wouldn’t work.
Or would it?
I finally just went by faith. I walked up this gigantor flight of stairs. I walked into the top of the ride and convinced myself that I was going to have to walk all the way back down the stairs doing the walk of shame.
Right when I got to the top two guys appeared out of no where and said, “Dude, you are with us. You need someone to ride with?” I was a little shocked. I stumbled for a second and then said, “YES!”
I was excited.
The ride ended up being amazing. The guys were military guys who were mad cool. In fact when it was over they declared, “That was awesome, let’s do it again!” So we did.
It was amazing!
I had forgotten about that moment until yesterday. We were given two passes so we used one and gave the other pass to some friends. He texted me today and thanked me for thinking of him. They loved the Great Wolf Lodge.
I asked him if he rode the Tornado and he said, “No. You have to have 2 people and we had to stay with my daughter.”
At that moment I realized what a holy moment it was at the top of that Tornado.
I asked. God said yes. I had a blast.
I don’t know why I’m a little shocked that God would answer a prayer like that.
I also don’t know why didn’t make a bigger deal about what God did. When someone gives me a great gift I tend to go overboard with “Thanks!” I love gifts! Love em! And yet God gives me this gift and I brush it off like it’s an ordinary thing.
The truth is that God does amazing things. We miss out either because we don’t ask or because we take it for granted.
God, help me to have great faith. Help me to see the holy moments for what they are. Help me to experience you in the every day moments.
Have you ever experienced God in the every day moments?