“Nana is right here, Adella”
Our granddaughter, Adella, had fallen. Her mom had stayed at the house to get the bike trailer attached so they could go on a bike ride together. We had started to the park with her brothers so they could play soccer.
When Adella fell, all she wanted was her mother.
Nana would NOT do.
I tried everything in a grandmother’s bag of tricks –
- distraction “oh, look at that amazing crack in the sidewalk”
- empathy “I want my Mom, too, when I am hurt”
- humor “let’s cut off the leg that hurts”
And when all else fails,
- bribery “I will buy you a milkshake”
When an injured child wants their mother, mother is the one and only person that will do.
As Christians we should be that way with our Heavenly Father.
God should be our “one and only”.
Yet in our culture, think of who and what we go to for “help”-
- the media “google that”
- friends “rant on Facebook”
- move to a new location “I am out of here”
- alcohol, drugs “self medication”
- distractions “partying, media, devices”
God wants us to come to Him. In fact, He wants us to come to Him FIRST!
John 6:66-69 says the following in the Amplified translation –
66 As a result of this many of His disciples abandoned Him, and no longer walked with Him. 67 So Jesus said to the twelve [disciples], “You do not want to leave too, do you?” 68 Simon Peter answered, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You [alone] have the words of eternal life [you are our only hope]. 69 We have believed and confidently trusted, and [even more] we have come to know [by personal observation and experience] that You are the Holy One of God [the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
God is our one and only hope. In our troubled times, and we all have them, as parents, grandparents, yes, and as nations, we must go to God for help.
I love the way Peter, in verse 68 says “You alone have the words of eternal life, you are our only hope.”
Just as our children and grandchildren want their mothers, we must go to God as our source of help, comfort, and life.
God is our one and only hope.