Looking at the whole thing objectively, we know that our daughter did very little to contribute in each of these cases. We each picked out and bought the cards, and we were the ones that sealed them in envelopes. We even directed her to "sign" each card, and to give the card to the other. Similarly, I wrote the message and drew the flower, and then directed her to give the paper to Mommy. Still, we acted as though Katie was the one making the effort.
It strikes me how much that mirrors our prayer life. God acts as though we're the ones really moving mountains, but how much of the effort is really ours?
- Who prompts us to pray?
- Who guides us how to pray?
- Who gives us the right heart to pray?
- Who listens to us?
- Who reconciled us to give us the right to be heard in the first place?
- Who answers the prayer?
We carry the card to Mommy.