“Or do you think that I cannot call on My Father, and He will provide Me at once with more than 12 legions of angels?” –Matthew 26:53 HCSB
“. . .your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” –Matthew 6:8 NIV
Tears had begun to well up in the eyes of the 5-year old girl. She had pulled just a little too hard on the string of her wind-up toy, and as a result her favorite alphabet sing-along no longer worked. Her 7-year old brother Zachary looked at her a bit anxiously. He knew his little sister, and he could tell she was getting geared up for a full-on cry. Immediately, inspiration hit him, and the flood of relief hitting him was fully evident in his expression.
“Brandi don’t worry,” he said consolingly to his sister. “Let’s just tell Daddy – he’ll know how to fix it!” Crisis – and meltdown – averted, they ran off to find their Dad.
Don’t you just love the fact we can have the same expectation of our heavenly Father, and run to Him at any time? If we’re honest, we must admit we’re just like little Brandi, and often respond in similar fashion when something goes wrong. Don’t believe me? Look at how Peter and the other disciples responded when the chief priests and mob confronted Jesus when arresting Him in Garden of Gethsemane. Peter resorted to violence by cutting off the ear of the high priest’s servant. Who knows what would have happened if the Lord hadn’t commanded Peter to put his sword away, and then healed the servant!
How much better off we would be if we were more like Zachary. He recognized something was awry, and he also recognized the problem of the broken toy was something he couldn’t fix. He saw the impending meltdown – and don’t our problems, trials and tribulations also tend to overwhelm us? He was concerned for his sister, yet his first response was to point her in the direction of the one who could help.
My brothers and sisters, when a crisis hits, I encourage you to turn it over to the Father. He wants us to call on Him! He encourages us to call on Him in the day of trouble, and He would deliver us (Psalm 50:15). The Apostle Peter (yes, the same one who panicked and cut off that servant’s ear) later exhorted believers to cast all our cares on Him, because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).
As we enter the month we celebrate Dads and fatherhood, appreciating our heavenly Father is even more special. No matter what’s going on in your life, know that you not only have a Father you can turn to, He’s Someone who can fix anything that’s broken, and make everything work together for your good. Have a problem? No worries – just tell Daddy! Be Blessed.