Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Magnitude of the Request

When I was in school, I loved studying Napoleon.  Call me weird, but I thought he was a fascinating character in history.  Legends and stories surround his existence, and tales grow taller (heh, heh-couldn't help it...) with the telling.  One story in particular has always stood out to me, and I've heard varied versions of the same story, so I have to believe that it originally stemmed from witnessed fact.

The story goes, that Napoleon was visiting his men, attempting to boost morale and the like.  As he was introduced to a few of them, a lowly cavalry officer approached him, and humbly asked for something astronomical in size.  The commanding officer was aghast with shame and apprehension for Napoleon's response.  Imagine his shock when Napoleon drew himself up, looked the young officer in the eye, and graciously proclaimed, "Granted."  No questions asked, no lecturing on protocol, just a simple, "Yes." 


As he calmly strolled away, the commanding officer followed after him, sputtering apologies, and then questions.  One in particular.  He asked why Napoleon had granted such a huge request to such a lowly man.  Napoleon's matter-of-fact reply?  "He honored me with the magnitude of his request."  


I have loved this story for years, because that's often representative of how I view my relationship with God, in that I'm much like the lowly officer, making ridiculously huge requests to a powerful ruler, who is honored by the sheer magnitude of them.

I've been standing at the edge of myself for a while now, holding fast to an unbroken hope.  It's easy for people to unknowingly trample all over that hope and caution you that what you're asking for is nearly impossible.  But I say, don't listen to them.  God is honored by the magnitude of what we ask for.  So ask big!  And though ultimately, He may not give you what you want, don't lose your hope in the sight of impossible, while you wait for His answer.  Look past that, and up to a God who can.  




To read the continuing journey, where I talk about facts vs. feelings... click here.

25 comments:

  1. I love that. I've never heard it before. It gave me chills when I read his reply.

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  2. You are a wise and thought provoking lady, Sasha!

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  3. I don't say this to you enough, but you are really a good writer. How you can take a story, character etc... and apply it to your life is amazing. I think God is smiling down at you right now. He holds you dear sweet girl. I know He's just waiting for the perfect time to give you more than you even asked for!

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  4. love the comparison of the napoleon story and the huge request. such a great word picture

    love the encouragement and reminder to ask
    you have not because you ask not
    right?

    you rock my friend

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  5. First, I loved Nepolian as well, just not the ice cream. Tee Hee :) Second, you are 100% correct. Using your words, and the game of Oprah: Ask big or go home! Asking big, shows your faith in that a mountain really can be moved by the faith of a mustard seed. Thank you for this today! I needed the reminder.

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  6. "...honored by the magnitude of the request..." Love that quote. Are you guys studying European history by any chance?

    :)

    Alison

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  7. I needed to hear this today. You have the most amazing way with words. I find your "intellectual" posts just as inspiring as your decorating ones. Thank you for bringing me a slice of humanity, humbleness, imagination, grace and silliness every. day. (or almost).

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  8. I love that and was so ecouraged by it. Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

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  9. What a beautiful and honest post. I have been challenged lately to firmly believe that God will "move my mountains." Letting go is difficult, but it is worth it to soar with Christ. Your story and thoughts really inspired me today!

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  10. Thanks for sharing an inspiring message and historical account!

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  11. i love that--i sure will ask big! love it so much, thanks for sharing :)

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  12. Oh, that is beautiful. Gave me chills, and I needed to hear it today. Thank you!

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  13. You are awesome!! I really enjoyed reading. Thanks for the reminder.

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  14. Thank you for this post. Just yesterday on my daily walk I was dreaming and asking big ....that is when I talk to God. Always on my walks, the entire three miles, sometimes I get an answer and others, well it seems as if I ask and ask and never realize any of my dreams coming true, so I start to ask for smaller things. Maybe I just need to stop doubting so much and be more patient.

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  15. Oh, Honey- you have no idea how this spoke to me and will speak to my whole family.
    TY!

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  16. I love this message, very thought provoking!

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  17. Inspiring! So many people in our lives say, "You can't ask that" as if "who are you to ask that"! And, amazingly, the pompous man who didn't think the lesser officer was worthy - how many of those people are in our lives!

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  18. oh sasha... this made me feel so emotional. very, very good indeed. I'm sighing to myself right now! Yes. that is so God. So good!

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  19. Wow!!! Yet another powerful dose of hope my friend...just when my heart was starting to wane. Thank you for sharing this!

    Asking big...
    Tracy

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  20. amen!
    I needed to hear this today too!
    My friend Tracy shared your post with me. Thanks Lemonade Makin Mama!

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  21. I LOVE this post and I'll tell you why. Because I remember a time in my life when I revealed a long cherished dream in my life, after a very very difficult couple of years. My request? A man who would love ME, fully,totally, and well. Just as I was, without asking me to change a thing or give him something in return except the same sort of love back.

    You see, all of my life I've been a 'big girl' and for some reason, I was told to expect less. And I accepted that all of the time. Then one day I told this secret hope of mine to a dear friend, a best friend. A friend who looked at me long and hard and said "I think you're asking for too much."

    I was crushed. But I decided that I would hold on to my dream, and I'd pray for that man to come into my life and perhaps I'd settled for less in the friendship department just as I had in every other area of my life.

    Today I am remarried and have been loved and in love for the past 18 years by a man who loves ME, who loved ME then and loved me enough to raise my children as his own and who has devoted himself to me on a daily basis.

    So go ahead. Ask for the magnitude and let God handle it.

    And by the way. BRAVO! A very well written post.

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