“If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” - John 14:14
Before I was transferred to work in Texas as a Pastor, I was living in Brazil. I began studying English at the time; I would go to school for two hours a week to learn the basics in order to communicate, and was given an introduction to English grammar.
However, at the turn of the century, in the year 2000, I was sent to the States as a Pastor. So far, my English was quite limited, and I knew I needed to learn it fast for it was a vital tool in my ministry.
Soon after my arrival, I enrolled in ESL classes. I would attend school for two hours every day every week, and when I arrived back home, I would spend as much time as possible studying. I buried myself in English textbooks, listened to English tapes at home, and had a few in the car that I was constantly playing during drives around town.
Yet, after a few months, despite my despair to learn I realized my progress was a slow one, and that I needed to be learning easier and faster than I was.
One day I called the church headquarters, the sister answered, greeted me, and the first thing she asked was “How’s your English coming along?” I told her I was working on it, and that I was learning, slowly, and little by little, but that I needed to learn faster to better develop my work. She then asked me, “Have you prayed about it?” She shared with me the story of an individual she knew, that had asked God to help him learn English, and God had answered his prayer. I confessed to her that ‘til then I had thought it was my obligation, my responsibility to learn, so I had prayed about many other things, but not about this matter in particular.
I decided I would pray from then on, and my English improved drastically. About two months later, I was able to communicate easily in English, and could translate from English to Portuguese and vice versa.
From this I learned that God cares even for the little things in our lives. Our God is a God of great things, yet He ignores no details. I believe many times we feel God gives us things to do and to overcome, and feel it’s our responsibility to figure it out ourselves, and to carry our burdens. It is our responsibility, but not to do so on our own. God is beside us, just waiting for us to ask for His help. He’s willing- no He’s more than willing to provide help and assistance to His children. All we need to do, is ask.