“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts
to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven
give good gifts to those who ask him!”
Matthew 7:11 (NIV)
Rarely, but from time to time, I get a call from one of my grown children asking for help. The most dramatic call was about 7 weeks into the earthquake in Haiti. My son, an advanced care paramedic, called me via satellite from Haiti asking for my help getting him and his family out of Haiti for a week of reprieve from the tragedy there and the 7am-11pm workdays he was having seven days a week in the emergency department of the day clinic he was stationed at.
I had seen him numerous times on CTV’s Canada AM program and observed his strained appearance as he conducted daily SKYPE interviews on the situation he faced. My wife and I had intensified our prayers for all of them there as we realised he was in the fight of his life to care for the wounded people lined up to receive the medical help they needed.
You do not have to be a rocket scientist to realise that out of our love for our family in Haiti we would move heaven and earth to give them the assistance they needed to refresh themselves in order to go back and resume their remarkable service to thousands of hurting, displaced people. My son was confident that his father would do everything humanly possible to help them and so he called me that day.
I made phone calls, spoke to the leaders of my church, dug deep into my own resources, and in 2-3 days had an entire itinerary planned complete with the necessary money for a family of 6 to be flown from the DR to Florida for a week of fun and relaxation. I felt a rush of relief when they called to say they had landed safe in Florida.
My wife and I are not heroes for what we did for our family. Any normal loving family would do as much, and some with the capabilities would have done more. All of us are prepared to sacrifice to meet the needs of those we love.
Today one of my daughters called to ask her mother if Dad could help her find and purchase a new car. She is a single mom and has asked this of me before. She knew the answer before she asked and her mother committed me to helping without even consulting me. It was a no brainer. Of course I would help her. You never stop being a parent. You are always on standby for your children regardless of how old they are.
Now, consider the verse for today and see that we are being called on to compare our own relationship to our children with our heavenly Father’s care of us His people. Jesus wants us to think about how much we love our children and rush to meet their needs and then think of God the perfect parent and how eagerly He will come to our aid when there is a need expressed. All we have to do is ask.
Do you have this relationship with your Creator? Can you call Him “Father”? If you do not know how to connect with Him then consider that Jesus said He was the Way to the Father. All of us who wish to draw near to God must come through Jesus. Will you come to Jesus humbly and ask for the relationship with the Father that you need to cope with life in this sad and weary world? God desires to hear from you. He is a much better parent to His children than we are to ours. Why not come and come today?