by Lorel Box
The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints
I love watching children as they run headlong through each day, doing and saying the most amazing things. Often we can learn very profound lessons through little children. These experiences from my childhood demonstrate very important gospel principles.
My older sister, Marla, then about 3 years old, had been given a big beautiful balloon! She loved her balloon and played with it all day long. Well, balloons don't last forever, and so it was with hers.
Pretty soon it developed a slow leak and was getting smaller and smaller. With big tears rolling down her little face she toddled off with her balloon to the fixer of all things: Daddy.
"Fix it, Daddy, fix it!" She implored.
Daddy knew it was a goner. For the love of his baby daughter he had to do something. We lived in Africa at the time and there weren't a lot of balloons around. The only thing he could think of was tape. So he took a bit of tape and "fixed" Marla's balloon, and off she went.
Years later we lived on a little acreage in northwest Arkansas. Being in the country allowed us to have a few animals. So that Easter my baby brother, nick named "Tiger," at about 9 years old, was given a duckling.
He loved watching his little duckling run around eating bugs and splashing in the little pool they had for it. Day after day Tiger played with his little duckling. The duckling followed Tiger; and Tiger followed the duckling.
One morning when he went out to the pen to feed his pet he was horrified to see his duckling lying in a pool of blood. Something had gotten into the pen in the night, and before the dogs could run it off it had gotten at the little duckling.
Without hesitating, Brad scooped it up and ran as fast as he could to the house calling frantically, "Daddy, Daddy, fix it!"
What was a daddy to do? For the love of his little man he had to do something. It looked hopeless, but then he realized that the pipes inside the throat seemed unharmed. So he tried.
Taking my mother's sewing kit, and with Tiger holding the duckling's head and body back together, Daddy stitched the duckling's head back on and smeared a bit of antibiotic cream on the wound.
With a little babying Tiger's duckling was as good as new within a week.
I'm sure you can see that it wasn't the balloon or the duckling that is important, it was the relationships. Our relationship with God, our Father is much the same.
In Matthew 7, we learn a very important lesson. First a promise: "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." Then an example: "Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?" Finally the principle: "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?"
Always remember that however big or small the problem, if it is important to us, it is important to God, our Father. He will answer each and every prayer we bring to him.