Every year around this time, Linus Van Pelt takes his favorite blanket and heads out to the pumpkin patch, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Great Pumpkin. For those unversed in the lore of all things Charlie Brown, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch and showers gifts upon those faithfully awaiting and believing in said pumpkin.
Every year, Linus waits and every year Linus goes away disappointed. But you know the next year he’ll be back.
Charlie Brown goes trick-or-treating every year and every year he ends up with a bag of rocks. And on a side note, who gives rocks to kids on Halloween? I mean, really?
But you know full well that Charlie Brown will be back at it next year with hopes set high on candy corn or Snickers. Something besides rocks.
Don’t you feel the same way?
You’re 30-something and still single, yet you keep showing up at God’s door asking for a spouse.
Your prodigal child hasn’t come home in years yet you keep pleading to God to find him and bring him home.
A relationship has gone south and you feel like there’s no way it can ever be mended, but yet you pray for the person one more time.
You feel like you will never break free of your addiction or your stronghold, yet you keep asking and believing for a day of freedom.
I’m reminded of a character almost as foolish as those Peanuts folks.
This widow kept badgering the unjust judge in Luke 18. She probably shouldn’t have even been bothering him, as it was customary for people to wait until their appointed court date to appeal. But she was desperate to get her wrong made right. She kept pestering that judge after being told “No!” at least a thousand times.
She simply would not give up.
That’s my takeaway for this Halloween night: don’t ever give up on your dream. Don’t quit on your goal. Don’t stop believing (as that old theologian Steve Perry used to sing).
Persistence in prayer always pays off. I’m not saying everyone gets everything they ask for if they say the magic words and believe hard enough. I am saying that God will change you in the process. He might not give you what you ask for, but what you end up with will always be a thousand times better.
Who knows? Maybe you’ll find me out in a pumpkin patch one fine Halloween night.