Saturday, September 21, 2013
Never stop looking to Jesus
We must never stop looking to Jesus.
Hebrews 12:2a (Easy to Read Version)
One afternoon last week, a young mother brought her baby in to our clinic for her well-child checkup. As I laid the little one on the table to measure her, she kept looking at her mother with bright trusting eyes. I’d call her name to get her attention, and she would turn her head to me for just a second before turning back to Mom. At just two months old, she already knew who she adored, who supplied all of her needs and who would never let her down.
Good thing she didn’t look at me with any devotion. When the doctor was done examining her, I returned with three immunizations.
Most babies don’t like the first shot, but they can’t quite figure out the pain, so it’s not so bad. By the second shot, they have processed the pain and are not happy. At that point they are crying their heart out. The third shot. Well, it doesn’t matter by then. I just get the vaccines in as fast as I can. After I slap on the last Band-Aid, I tell Mom it’s ok to pick the baby up.
The sweet little baby girl last week was no different. She just wanted to get into Mom’s arms. That tiny two-month old brain already knew that Mom would make it all right. Her tears subsided quickly.
It just reminded me of life with our heavenly Parent. We look to God with devotion when things are going well, but as soon as the pain starts or we run into problems, we forget where to turn. It isn’t until He reaches down and takes us into His loving arms, that we feel safe again, that the pain eases. That we can look to Him again with devotion, knowing that He will provide our every need.
I look to you, heaven-dwelling God, look up to you for help.
Like servants, alert to their master’s commands, like a maiden attending her lady,
We’re watching and waiting, holding our breath, awaiting your word of mercy. Psalm 123:1-2 (The Message)
(The pictures are of my kids, one of Nick and one of Val. I won't tell you which is which. They get mad enough at me when I post pictures of them.)