Sunday, October 24, 2010

God Answers A Call for Help

Reading bedtime stories to my three-year-old girl before she sleeps was part of my evening chores.  During daytime when she got hold of the book she would go through each page and in her own way say the story to herself from the pictures she could identify.  I was busy in my sewing one morning so I gave her the book to keep her from interrupting my work.  After a few minutes, she urgently called me.  “Mommy, please come, I could not find the boy who cut his fingers, lend me your eyeglasses.” I put her on my lap, calmed her with my hugs, and we found together the picture of the boy who disobeyed his father and cut his fingers with a knife. When my little girl was unable to find the picture, she thought of my eyeglasses.  She remembered that every time I read the book to her, I always asked for my eyeglasses so I can see. This simple routine was impressed upon her young minds to use the same solution when similar situation pops up.

As parents, we unconsciously leave lessons or patterns to our children everyday. Whatever we say and do—good or bad, leave an impression upon their young minds that can contribute to the formation of their characters.

I am reminded of two lessons from this experience on how God responds when we call for help. Firstly, in times of problems, sickness, financial difficulties, loss of a job or loved ones, and family problems, God is just waiting to answer my call for help.  Psalm 91:15 (NIV) says, “He will call upon me and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.”.  When I cry for help the Lord will answer me.  Psalm 120:1 says  “In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and He heard me.”  (German: Luther 1912).  I have nothing to fear.

Secondly, God provides me with spiritual eyesight by the Holy Spirit (God’s eyeglasses) to see Him clearly in times of trouble.  He provides me His Word (Bible) to where I could listen to Him as He speaks and assures me of His love.  Through Nature He is reminding me of His concern of the details of my life.   Isaiah 41:10  says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, ...”.  I only need to put on God’s eyeglasses to see Him and hear Him speak to me, “My child, do not fear, I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH.”  What awesome GOD I have!

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