One recent Sunday afternoon I asked my 4 year old granddaughter Avery what they did in Sunday school that morning. She replied, “We went to the fish pond.” “What’s at the fish pond?” I asked. “Fish” was her reply. Avery went on to explain that she didn’t see any that day because they were hiding. Yes, there are fish at the fish pond but there is so much more.
The fish pond is actually the Carmen and Nancy Riviello Memorial Tree Garden at Hays Hills Baptist church. It was built by a loving son in godly memory of his parents. It located on the church grounds, just a short walk from the sanctuary, located in a wooded area with a beautiful fish pond stocked with large coy fish. My words do not do it justice. It is a lovely place built in a lovely area by one with a loving heart. And it is a great place to pray.
As Avery and I talked about the Fish Pond, we talked about prayer. I asked her where we can pray. She said, “You can pray at home, the zoo, you can pray everywhere…but playgrounds are noisy.” I love that girl. She is right. You can pray everywhere…even at times when it may be inappropriate or disruptive or disrespectful to pray out loud. Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “pray without ceasing.” We should have a prayerful heart and look for opportunities to pray and lift up supplications to the Lord. You can pray everywhere but playgrounds are noisy. Noisy places don’t always make for the best conversations with the Lord. In Exodus chapter 34:2-3 when God was preparing to give Moses the Ten Commandments He had Moses meet Him early in the morning on the mountain. No one else, not even the flocks or the herds were to be on the mountain. It was just to be serious quiet time between Moses and God. There were to be no distractions, no disruptions, no cell phones, no TV, no radio, no noisy playground…just a quiet place to meet.
Yes, you can pray anywhere but quiet places are nice…places like the Fish Pond.