Samuel Howell. Photo Credit: Rayno Victor

December 28, 2021

God knows best

I’ve always wanted a baby sister. I’ve been praying for three years now. I also want an iPhone 13, but I haven’t gotten that yet either.

I have so many things I want that God hasn’t given me yet.

So, I’ve been wondering why God is not answering my prayers. Didn’t God say in the Bible that you should “ask and you shall receive,” and to “pray without ceasing” which I have been doing?

I feel God should answer my prayers.

But I thought things over again. Then I asked myself, “Do I really need a baby sister when I already treat my younger brother like a baby and have fun playing with him? No. Do I really need an iPhone 13 when I have three computers I can type on? No.”

I reasoned within myself, “That’s why God is not giving me everything I want . . .  because He knows what’s best for me.” He knows what to give me and what not to give me.

So, whenever you think that God doesn’t answer your prayers, just remember my story. Trust, believe and have faith in Him.

I might get a baby sister soon. I might be able to save up enough money to get an iPhone 13. God might send someone to give me an iPhone 13. Or perhaps I might never get an iPhone because my mommy and daddy say that I am too young to have one. But, whatever the outcome, I have accepted that God knows what is best for me, and I choose to trust Him.

And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith” (Matthew 21:21).

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7: 14).


Ruth Murdoch Elementary student Samuel Howell is eight years old and won the Grand Championship in Creative Writing at the Summer 2021 Berrien County Youth Fair.