Several years ago, I decided that I wanted some new china. I had several sets already. I had my mother’s wedding china and some china that I had purchased at estate sales. I wanted something new to set on my table. I was visiting in Houston with my husband and I said, “Let’s go register for china. Then, our daughter will know what to get me for mother’s day.” We went in to Macy’s and I started looking. I loved two sets that were both Kate Spade patterns. When I looked at the price, WOW! They were about $240.00 for a single place setting with the bowl and the lunch plate. I was walking away with sticker shock when I remembered this verse. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24. I walked back and said a little prayer and imagined what my table would look like with these dishes set on the table. I left.
I really didn’t spend any more time thinking about new dishes. About a year later I was in a store and they were selling a place setting of this same china for $29.00 for the basic place setting and $10.00 for the bowls. I purchased 6 place settings. The place settings, for six, cost less than one place setting at Macy’s. I went back later to buy a few more bowls after seeing them with my mother’s wedding china. They had marked it down 30% off. I purchased another set for my daughter. Then I went back to get her some more and they had marked down the plates to $3.00 each. These plates were about $50.00 each at Macy’s. I ended up with a table setting for 16 and plates from the other pattern that I liked the first time, in the store. Later the tea pot and the coffee pot came at some crazy inexpensive price. The point of this is not about dishes. The point is I took a moment to ask and believe. I didn’t feel defeated. I did not think; I don’t deserve this or feel that I would never have something that expensive. I knew it would come to me. I did not know how, or when. I let God handle all of the details. I just knew that they would look great on my table at some point. I knew the meals that I would share would be nice.
This is a little verse that I think is often overlooked. It is clearly telling us, our beliefs and thoughts can co-create magic with God. Here is the rub. Sometime this is hard. Our brains have to be reprogrammed to understand that we can have what seems impossible. This is where our imagination comes in to help our brain believe. This skill of imagery has to be exercised frequently. The verse says, we simply have to ask and believe. Looking at things with your imagination can really open your minds to new possibilities. What if I had used my imagination to reinforce my ideas of limitation? I really believe I wouldn’t have some great table ware that I purchased at unbelievable prices.