After my daughter’s dance class a few nights ago, she hurried out of class and excitedly told me that she had been promoted to pointe in her ballet class. In the world of ballet, a promotion to pointe level is a major milestone. My daughter has been talking about being on pointe for months now. So I was truly overjoyed and proud as a parent that she had reached this milestone. On the ride home, my daughter told me that she had prayed to God earlier that day and asked him to let her get promoted that day – and it happened. She was so excited explaining to me that God answered her prayer. She then said, I actually have been praying and asking God for several days to let this be the day I get promoted, but it happened today! Sheer excitement was in the air during the ride home.
My daughter’s answered prayer experience reminded me of one of my own answered prayers as a child. Growing up, I was a huge fan of the group New Edition. They recently received their much deserved, and long overdue star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. My very first concert was a New Edition concert. During their second tour through our town to promote their newest album, I remember wanting to go to the concert so bad. I prayed to God and asked Him to allow my family to have enough money so that I could buy a ticket to go to the show. All of my friends were going to the show, all of the other neighborhood kids were talking about going to show, everybody was talking about going to the New Edition show. And me being their biggest fan did not want to miss out on the fun. I knew that my family was having financial difficulties at the time, so when my mom said that she didn’t have the money for me to get a ticket – I understood. I was disappointed, but I understood our situation. That did not stop me. I asked all of my aunts, uncles, my grandmother and grandfather, no one got me a ticket. The concert came and went. I heard all about. The show was off the chart – totally awesome, everything everyone had hoped it would be. I was so hurt that I was not in attendance.
I’ve always been a night owl, I recall late one night during the summer – a couple of months after the concert our phone rang. I answered the phone and it was a wrong number. The person on the other end of the phone wanted to know who he was talking to – me being smart-mouthed asked why?! To my surprise the person on the other end of the phone was Ronnie Devoe from New Edition, I obviously did not believe what I was hearing. Apparently, he was trying to reach someone else, “somehow” ended up with the wrong number that was our phone number. After a few minutes of being drilled by the ultimate New Edition fan, I was finally convinced that I was indeed speaking to Ronnie Devoe from New Edition. I also got to speak with his roommate Rickey Bell, and another group mate Mike Bivins. I was so excited, I just kept saying, “no one is ever going to believe me”. One of the guys recommended that I record them saying something, I did. Fast forward to now – I still have that cassette tape that contains the audio of Ronnie, Rickey, and Mike – who later formed the New Edition spin-off group Bell-Biv-Devoe.
Over my life, I’ve thought about that scenario and would thank God for not only hearing but answering my prayer – a child’s prayer. No, He did not grant me my desire which was to attend the concert. I feel as if He blessed me with something better – a personal conversation with members of New Edition; something that not many people can say that they’ve experienced. I’ve asked God for many things over the years; sometimes big things, sometimes small things, and perhaps sometimes trivial things. But what I’m reminded of, is that God cares about those things that concern us, no matter how small or how trivial – if it concerns us, it concerns God. Let us remember to take everything to God in prayer – not only the big things but the small things.