Later in the day, the kids and I were talking about how their dad reacts to unknown perceived threats. He inhales hugely! (BIG gasp that’s a little funny on reflection). Then he runs (dressed or not) to wherever his kids are. The amazing thing was that his reaction was just the same when they are twenty-something as it was when they were 2 and 6. He instinctively runs to his children. Their safety and protection are his only immediate concern. While we were talking about this, Hannah said she could remember one occasion, as a child, when a bumblebee woke her up buzzing around her head. She said, “I was scared of that noise in the dark, I cried out and immediately heard Dad’s footsteps–loud running footsteps– as he ran into my room and took me in His arms. Then he killed that bee. Anytime I yelled in the night, he was right there, right then.”
I think every child who has a good father remembers what it felt like to be in his arms. I remember pretending I was asleep in the back of our station wagon when I was a child just so my daddy would carry me in the house. Ultimate protection, strength and safety were wrapped all around me.
That’s what God does. The Bible describes our God as “a very present help in time of trouble” (Psa.46:1). He’s right there, right then. He is the Father who pities His children (Psa.103:13), and hears their cries (Psa 34:17). He is the one who offers His help to His people “right early” (Psa.46:5). Deuteronomy thirty-three, verse twenty-seven says he puts his everlasting arms beneath us.
Let me assure you, even if you’ve never felt the need to cry out to your Father or to feel his arms beneath you, there will come a time when a huge clatter will arise in your life. You will look in horror at the prospects before you and you will desperately want to cry out to Him. Are you secure in the house of the Father? Will he hasten to your side when you cry? If not, will you contact me and let me help you find that security? I wish this safety for every reader.
…and now, another great Christmas contest entry:
As a 4th and 5th grade teacher at Jefferson Christian Academy, I had to come up with a service project for the 2009-2010 year. Little did I know how I would impact not only my students’ lives, but the sailors on the USS Donald Cook as well. We started our pen pal system in September and waited in anticipation for return letters. Two huge packages came in the mail! Each student received a personal letter and even gifts! We immediately starting writing and drawing so our new friends would receive them before Christmas. These heartfelt and genuine letters and pictures helped improve the spirits of all on board, since they displayed the letters for all to see. We were eventually sent pictures by Commanding Officer Derek Granger about what it was like to fight piracy off the Coast of Africa, and I received a letter of gratitude for this project.