Daddy, Help Me!
I hope you are enjoying the summer months as much as we are as a family. We have enjoyed the longer hours of sunlight and several campfires, S’mores included, in the backyard. The great aroma of a campfire coupled with a cup of decaf coffee (with flavored crème) is the perfect way to spend an evening. There’s nothing quite like the whole family getting together to enjoy some “down time” and the fellowship of one another.
It was during one of our recent heat waves (maybe 90-92 degrees), while all the family was enjoying a couple of hours in the pool that God gave me this thought for my North Valley News article. The kids were all having a great time, as were the adults. Uncle Tim was, as is his custom, teasing and roughhousing with his nieces and nephews. Ashlyn had been out of the pool for a while and was completely dried off, and had even changed into dry clothes. Uncle Tim thought it would be funny to throw Ashlyn back in the pool and so ensued his attempt for the next several minutes. Ashlyn is quite a little athlete and his endeavor was more of a challenge than I am sure he thought it would be. After much kicking and screaming, it was becoming clear to Ashlyn that she was about to lose the battle with Uncle Tim and be thrown back in the water. Her Dad, Ryan, was sitting there watching the whole ordeal. Being the Nana that I am I couldn’t help think, “Why doesn’t he help her?” But, in his defense, she had not asked for his help to that point. It was at that moment she cried, “Daddy, help me! Daddy, help! Daddy, Daddy,” that Ryan rose from where he was sitting to help her fight off Uncle Tim. The wonderful outcome was that she didn’t get thrown back into the pool and was still in her dry clothes.
I thought about the incident that had just happened and the Lord brought to my mind this thought—we as Christians are just like Ashlyn! We might be in the middle of a tough situation, a burden or a trial of some nature, and we wait until we are about to be “thrown in” before we ask for God’s help. Even though God already knows what we are going through and allows it to happen, He doesn’t come to our rescue because we fail to ask Him. Though Ashlyn knew her daddy was there the whole time, she didn’t ask for help until she saw she was about to lose the battle. How often are we that same way with God? It would be so much easier if we would cry out to Him every day and not just during the challenges and trials of life. God is waiting and wanting to give us His provision, protection, mercy, goodness, abundance and freedom if we will but ask. Psalms 107:13-14 says, “Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.” God is waiting for you. Don’t wait to call out until you are about to be “thrown back in the water.” I learned a valuable lesson on a hot summer day from a sweet granddaughter who needed the help of her daddy. When she asked, he came to her rescue and together they won the battle.
God wants to hear you sing
When the waves are crashing ‘round you
When the fiery darts surround you
When despair is all you see
God wants to hear your voice
When the wisest man has spoken
And says, “Your circumstance is as hopeless as can be”
That’s when God wants to hear you sing