Have you heard that question asked even if not verbally?
Well, I've "heard" that question...more than once - especially when one (or even both) of my children wants to ask a favour of their Dad (my husband) and feel that I may block it. I know that for some, a similar question is asked when our siblings or husband's sibling(s) or other relatives want to ask our husband a favour.
Let's take a step back to how this topic came about:
During a Prayer Vigil a few months ago, we read a few verses before and after Nehemiah 2:6 as part of our prayer point on 'favor.' Verse 6 struck and stuck with me - it says:
"The king, with the queen sitting alongside him, said, “How long will your work take and when would you expect to return?” I gave him a time, and the king gave his approval to send me."*
Actually it was the first part of the verse that perked my interest:
The king, with the queen sitting alongside him, said...
No single word in the Bible is wasted... In this case, we knew exactly where the man's wife was - right beside him.
This is exactly why those 3 words in the verse struck me. I couldn't help but wonder if Nehemiah purposely wanted and waited for the queen to be beside her husband. She wasn't a blocker...and that got me thinking. There is a time to intervene (or be a blocker) in order to ensure that things are as they should be and there are times when we don't need to do anything and things will fall in place. May God give us the wisdom to discern when to do what. AMEN.