Our First Call

The child called, “Daddy…daddy…daddy…daddy…daddy!” And the daddy eventually answered, “What?” The child called, “Mommy...mommy...mommy...mommy...mommy!” And the mommy eventually answered, “What?” The child called, “Grandma!” And the Grandma answered almost immediately.

Parents can, and probably need to, tune out some of the calls of their children, since they happen about a hundred times a day. But grandparents hear the children’s calls a little sooner because their ears are not accustomed to tuning out the noise anymore. But what about our Father in Heaven? When does He hear us? What does Scripture say?

“When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me.” Psalm 138:3 (NIV)
“When they call on me I will answer.” Psalm 91:15 (NLT)

It’s clear that no one listens or answers as well as our Daddy in Heaven. He knows what’s on our heart before we cry out to Him. He answers our needs before we even know we have them. He cares about all aspects of every day of our lives. We do not need to be afraid of the terrors of the night or the dangers of the day. (Psalm 91:5) God knows every “monster” under our bed, or in our closet. His light dispels the darkness. He tells us 365 times in the Bible to fear not.

I was watching “The Perfect Storm” recently, and as the fishermen were out to sea, drowning in the depths of it, their friends and family back home were worried sick, knowing the storm was huge! It reminded me that their worry changed nothing—it didn’t save the men, or cause them to drown. Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Luke 12:25 (NIV) The storms in our lives are God’s domain. But the worry of our heart is ours. I read recently that “Worrying is using your imagination to create something you don’t want”—like “monsters” in the closet!

Searching And Noticing the Divine, calling on our Father in Heaven, can take our eyes off the “dark closet” and place them on the “nightlight” that’s there to dispel our fears. Calling out to the One who hears our every heart cry is what we are asked to do. Jesus is the only One who can save us. He is the only One who can bring us Home to Heaven. In the Word, we are told to set our sights on the realities of Heaven where Christ sits at God’s right hand. (Col. 3:1) We are encouraged to let Heaven fill our thoughts, and not think only about things down here on earth. (Col. 3:2) Why? Because our answers aren’t found in our fears, or in our worry; they are found in trusting our Father—the One who loves us beyond measure.

He will be gracious if you ask for help.
He will respond instantly
to the sound of your cries.

Isaiah 30:19 (NLT)