I recently spent the day with my two little granddaughters, Josie and Lilee. Josie is nearly two and Lilee is only five months old. So, this can be a little bit of a handful at times. It seems like while I’m tending to one child, the other has a need.
The other day while I was holding Lilee, Josie fell down and cried a “real cry” from across the room. The kind of cry that I just knew needed me now. Something just kicked in, and I found myself leaping over furniture, skipping over toys and handing Lilee to Papa so I could get to Josie. Suddenly, my only focus was getting there to help her. Anything that would have gotten in my way at that moment, I would have taken out!
It seems funny now to picture myself and what I must have looked like. I made it to her, reached down to pick her up and soothed her tears away. It brought to my memory a passage of scripture that has always touched my heart, Luke 15:4-7:
“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”
You see, I believe that this represents God’s deep, unwavering love for you. I can easily imagine Him leaping over obstacles, skipping over problems, picking you up and soothing your tears away.
No matter how bad off you may think you are, no matter where you’ve come from or all the scars you may have, know that He’s a loving Father that is always willing to come when He hears His child cry out to Him, with one of those real cries. Go ahead, and just believe it today.
By Deacon Tai Kishefsky, Pastor of the Children’s Ministry
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