The Little Red Bus “Mommy, look at this bus!” Five-year-old Thomas was pointing at apicture in a toy catalogue. “It’s just like the little red bus Ihad before we moved.” Thomas andhis family had recently moved to a newneighborhood, and Thomas had toleave some of his toys behind. “So it is!” said Mother. “I would very much like to haveanother toy like that,” said Thomas. Mother paused from preparingdinner. “Do you remember whatPhilippians 4:6 says?” “‘Let your requests be madeknown unto God.’” Thomas hadrecently memorized that verse with hisolder sister, Kate.
“Yes,” said Mother. “You can prayand ask Jesus to give you a bus.” “Can I pray right now?” askedThomas eagerly. Mother nodded, andThomas closed his eyes. “Jesus, I used tohave a bus like this one, and I really likedit. I had to leave it when we moved, butI would like to have this bus again.” Thomas opened his eyes,“Mommy, did Jesus hear my prayer?” “Of course He did! Jesus hearsevery prayer.” “Mommy, I believe that Jesusheard my prayer and is going to answerit, too.” “Yes. Jesus loves you very much,and even if you don’t get everythingthat you want right away, Jesus knowswhat is best for you, and He wants youto be happy. There’s another versein Psalms that says, ‘Delight yourselfin the Lord and He will give you the
desires of your heart.’ When you loveJesus and you try to obey what HisWord tells you to do, He is able tobless you.”1 That evening when Thomas’sfather came home from work, Thomaswas in for a great surprise. “Guess what I got for you.” Fatherpulled out a package wrapped inbrown paper—“It’s a little treat forbeing faithful with your chores.” “A treat for me? Thank you,Daddy. Oh, I wonder what it is...” Thomas excitedly tore throughthe wrapping. “Oh, look! Mother,look! It’s a red bus, just like the one Iprayed for.” “But how did you know?” Motherasked Father. “How did I know what, dear?”said Father. 1 Psalm 37:4 NIV