When I heard the child holler, my eyes searched the grocery store’s produce section for that frightened voice as if he were my own child. The little guy stood, wide-eyed and flushed, next to the pumpkins. Before I could come to his aid, his mother rushed around the corner and embraced him.
I thought about my own mom. When I was a wee child she’d come running whenever I called her name. She’d…
- Rescue me from a yapping dog.
- Kiss the boo boo on my scraped knee.
- Console me at night if I was scared.
- Smooth my warm brow when I was ill.
- Watch me turn a cartwheel; listen to me jabber.
- Defend me when Little Brother kicked me with his cowboy boots.
Mommy did this and more because I was her child and she loved me.
Is God the Father any less maternal toward His children?
From the time we’re born, He woos us and waits for us to recognize that we’re lost and need Him. The moment we holler, Jesus…for there is no other name under heaven whereby we can be saved…He rescues us. Adopts us into His family. Loves us with an everlasting love where nothing can snatch us from God’s hand. But our relationship doesn’t stop there.
Think of a child summoning his mother when he’s alarmed or in need. Should God’s children do anything less?
When we call on the powerful name of Jesus, we’re able to flee temptation and obey the Father’s will. He restores broken lives; strengthens us to do all things. In Jesus’ name, Satan and his demons cower and flee.
However, this same Almighty God, is tender, protective; devoted. In scripture, He compares Himself to…
- A mother hen who longs to gather her chicks to care for them.
- As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.
- A mama bear jealously guarding her cubs.
Assured of God’s love and Who we belong to, the Bible tells us to call the name of the Lord…often and with confidence…when we’re afraid, grieving, in pain, confused; anxious.
Why then, would I ever choose to not call the Lord’s name? Do I only cry for Jesus when I need Him?
When I consider Who Christ is and what He accomplished on the cross, that joyous, mind-blowing thought makes me want to shout God’s praises every day….
Even in this maddening world.