We are so blessed to have the opportunity to go to Colorado each year, really just about any time we want to, and stay at my mother in laws cabin in the mountains. There are many wonderful things to do there, but one of our personal favorites, is to go to Mount Princeton Hot Springs and swim in the heated pools. On one particular visit during this past vacation, there were quite a few families swimming at the same time we were. I kept trying to relax and read, but then I would hear a child say, “Mom, Mom!” And I would look up with a start; scan the pool, my heart pounding, but the majority of times I realized the cries were from someone else’s children, their parents already responding, so back to my book I would go. Every so often though, I would look up to find one of the cries was from one of my kids, and those times, I jumped up to see what was needed. Those of you who are parents know, we always have a watchful eye and listening ear out for our kids. If they have a need, we are the first to jump in to save the day, to bring encouragement or comfort; to calm the storms and quiet the tears when needed.
God responds to us, His children, the same way – 1 John 3, verse 1 says,” How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” And Psalm 34:17 says, “The righteous (that’s you and I) cry out, and the LORD hears us; He delivers us from all of our troubles.”
Did you catch that? God hears us and delivers us – that’s you and I, his children. That means his ears are always in tune to each of our cries individually, and the needs that we have personally, and he is able to listen and respond to all of us at any given time.
You know I can not imagine that. When my four kids have needs at the same time, I have to say – “Wait, Wait, I can only hear and respond to one of you at a time.” And I have to quickly assess whose need is most important – it could be who’s bleeding, or maybe who’s bleeding more, or who is really just scraped but is here saying they are bleeding because they just want the attention and a band- aid, and who just wants to show me a butterfly that just flew by their nose… I have to assess the needs and determine what is most important because I am limited in my ability to respond.
I am thankful that God is not like that – He is not limited in his ability to respond to us, His children. He is always listening 24/7 and is able to respond to each of us personally, simultaneously. Whether we are in the midst of an emergency and are in need of a rescue or just want some attention and a little TLC, He is always available. So, I want to encourage you – If you have a need today, don’t try to handle it alone. Don’t assume God is too busy or uninterested. He loves you. He wants to help you, and He is tuned in to you… cry out to Him today.
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