Paul Miller in his book, A Praying Life, from which I shared some quotes in an earlier post, talks about us coming to Him empty-handed, pouring out our hearts to Him like a little child. I came to know the Lord Jesus as my Savior in just this way. As a young person my life had been pretty messed up; there was brokenness everywhere. I don’t recall ever being able to run to my earthly father for comfort, a gentle word, or patient help. How incredibly alone and broken I felt!
As I entered my teen years, I became even more aware of how broken I was. I was desperate for God’s healing, forgiveness, love and help. He heard my cry for help, redeemed my life from the pit, and crowned me with lovingkindness:
“O LORD my God,
I cried to You for help, and You healed me.
O LORD, You have brought up my soul from Sheol;
You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.
Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones,
and give thanks to His holy name.” ~Psalm 30:2-4
Coming as Little Children
Despite how imperfectly our earthly fathers reflected the father-heart of God, our heavenly Father always wants us to come like little children, on whom He wants to lavish His abundant, transforming love.
God needs nothing from us; rather, He is an overflowing fountain of life to all who would come to Him through Jesus Christ. All the giving is done by Him, and all the receiving is done by us! Oh, how good He is to welcome us this way, with all our mess, all our doubt, and all our temptations to cling to the world's trinkets when He's offering us gold.
I may doubt sometimes that He really hears me. I might not like the fact that my prayers seem to meet at times (well, okay...OFTEN) with His silence. Yet I'm thankful that I can come as a child to my Father. The reality is He does hear His children when they cry to Him. We can trust Him to give us what is best for He alone truly knows what is best for us, and in His perfect wisdom and love will withhold no good thing from His child.
This is good news, moms, for us to embrace and then teach to our children. When we not only talk about these truths about our God, but also model our own brokenness—when our school day doesn’t go as we planned, when sickness lingers long in our home, when our husband loses his job, when we have to move again, when a loved one dies—we can point them to a great, wise, loving, faithful God. The testimony of our lives will have a greater impact than our words ever could.
My goal as a parent is not to show my children how I have it all together. They can clearly see that by the time they reach the teen years anyway! I want to, instead, allow them to see my frailty and daily need for God, my inadequacy as a wife, parent, homeschool teacher, etc., so that they might observe me running to my Father every day for the lavish grace He loves to give His children.
I am immediately reminded of 2 Corinthians 12:9, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Jesus longs to give us His power; He just asks us to come.
If you are His child, old or young, it is my hope that you will have this confidence. However messy your life is, however broken, depleted, or tired you are, come. Come and pour out your heart to God. He is ready to hear your cries for help and answer you.
"Let me hear in the morning of Your steadfast love, for in You I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul." ~Psalm 143:8
There's no place like home,