March 19, 1997- a date that is indelibly etched in my memory. From 5:00 pm, to 1:00 am, our little son cried without stopping. He was two months old, and we figured that this was his bout with colic. My hubby and I tried everything, rocking, singing, walking him around, nothing worked.
I even prayed, with tears streaming down my cheeks. Little James wouldn’t relent. At almost 1:00 am, he slipped into a sleep of exhaustion. So did my hubby and I. I was so upset. I asked God to calm me and the baby down, so we could get some needed sleep.
I had been staying in our recliner, since we brought him home from the hospital.
Isn’t it remarkable that we mothers know the different cries of our children? And God does the very same thing.
John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
Jesus submits that “I hear My sheep and I know them.” He further begs us in
Jeremiah 33:3 “’Call to me, and I will answer you, and will show great and mighty things which you do not know.’” NASB
I often wonder why God created this noisy but vital means of a baby’s announcing their need- whether food, changing, or just wanting to be loved and rocked gently.
Our one-on-one communication with God is imperative to a healthy spiritual relationship. Hey, I’ve even prayed for Him to stop the bus, so I could catch it. Believe it or not, it’s happened a few times, too!
My need could be big, like a couple weeks ago, when I was totally out of my glucometer strips, or a small thing, like my bus analogy. This strip deal was on the 4th of July, you might know. I had been prescribed a new Diabetes medication, and my doctor wanted me to test myself at least four times a day. But on that fateful morning, I discovered I had none! So, I went on-line, to see where I could get them. I even called the exchange, and they couldn’t do anything till the NEXT Monday.
“Please, Lord!” I prayed. “Help me not to panic, and provide my need.” That following Monday, I went to my computer class, AS USUAL, I had spoken to
my friend, Mary Beth, to see if she knew of anyone who used the same STRIPS as we both did. She said she’d see, but wasn’t counting on much.
At class, my instructor, her hubby, Tom, gave me a bag. “Mary Beth wanted me to give this to you yesterday at church.”
“I wasn’t there. We went to Yosemite.” I answered.
“Yeah, she looked for you. So I’m giving it to you.”
I felt the bag, and exclaimed. “Thank You, Jesus!” The bag was full of about ten boxes of the strips I needed! Isn’t God good? I asked Mary Beth on Tuesday night at Bible study, how she acquired them. She said she literally ran into a gal who used the same strips, and had a relative who died. This person didn’t know what to do with them. Mary Beth said she knew of someone who needed them extremely badly.
Guess Jesus knows my voice, huh? You bet He does!! That is, if you know Him. If you don’t the first thing you need to do is to call on Him for salvation. Then, He will answer you when you call.
Lord, help us to be pliable to Your voice when You call on us. Whatever it might be- an urgent need, or a small one. They are both critical to You, and You care about all of them. Forgive us when we don’t answer when You call, or disobey when You want us to do something specific. Unplug our spiritual ears, from the wax of apathy or laziness. Give us ears to hear Your voice, NOT THE world’s. Bless us we pray. We love You. In Your Precious Name, we pray. Amen!