I had been visiting prospective advertising clients…driving down I64E in the pouring pain at around 3:00PM heading back to my office in Staunton. There were no hand-held cell phones back then. Because of my job, I had a bag phone in my car and suddenly I was prompted to call my daughter, who was in college in Radford at that time. Knowing her schedule, I expected her to be in class, but the desire to hear her voice was strong, so I dialed any way.
She answered, and upon hearing my voice, she asked, “How did you know?”
“That I’m sick. You always know when I need you.”
The bond between parent and child is strong. Beyond the DNA connection, there is a love connection that begins before the birth. It defies explanation. A connection that will waken us from a deep sleep when we hear that child’s voice call out, Momma! A bond that will cause us to reach out and call or simply to stop and pray when we sense that our child is ill or in danger.
We try to raise our children to be self-sufficient, independent adults, but, if and when they come to us for advice, we offer it, realizing they may not take it! We can live with that. When they make mistakes, we forgive them. When they want to come home, we welcome them home with open arms.
It’s a relationship that gives our child a feeling of comfort and security in just as we offer love, comfort, acceptance, and guidance.
And I realize that it’s a relationship that not everyone experiences within their family. For that I am truly sorry. But I believe that everyone can choose to experience that kind of relationship with our Heavenly Father. He is our Father. We are His children.
And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father. Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child, And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.Galatians 4:6-7
He knows what we need even before we ask. He knows everything about us.
O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand! Psalm 139:1-6
Yes, He knows what we need even before we ask, but He wants to hear our voice calling out, Daddy God, I need you now. He loves it when we seek His voice and stop and listen as we search for guidance. He loves it when we simply whisper Thank You Jesus! He wants to have daily conversations with us. He wants to forgive us and to wrap us eternally in His love.
Darlene Shelton 9-8-22