Last summer held some special opportunities. Among these was the week I got to spend with my sister’s family in Canada. Spending time with my niece and nephew, going on walks, playing at the park, and one of our favorite activities – the splash park! My sister and brother-in-law were spending some special time together, which made for lots of good time with my niece and nephew!
One day as lunchtime was drawing near I was contemplating what to do about lunch. It’s a lot of work to take care of children. I’m not sure how moms do it carrying on four jobs at a time! Cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, and caring for the children at the same time. I got to help with a few of these during my time, it was fun and challenging!
Lunch time is approaching, what am I going to do? Should I check with my sister and see if they have plans for lunch, just go ahead and do something, or wait and see…but what if the children get hungry and then it’s a panic trying to get something ready in time? It’s so much better to have a plan in place before the time arrives…
My sister and brother-in-law were upstairs, and not wanting to interrupt any of their special time together I was standing at the bottom of the stairs thinking, “Should I ask?” “Should I just make something?” “What should I do?” Apparently I was standing there for a little while, because my little niece piped up and asked, “What are you doing?” I said, “I’m trying to decide if I should ask Mommy, or just make something for lunch.”
Pretty bad when you have to ask a three-year-old’s advice about what to do, but sometimes they are just so much more decisive and full of ideas than I am!
She said, “Just tell Mommy!”
Her answer to me, went far beyond just lunch that day, it taught me an additional lesson as well. It wasn’t until later that I realized, hey, that’s how it is with the Lord! He doesn’t want me to have a fear of approaching Him about something. I’m not interrupting Him. In fact He invites me to come!
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4:16) “…pour out your heart before him…” (Psalm 62:8)
Sometimes I hold back from communicating with the Lord, for fear, as if I was in His way. Or that I have sin in my life that I must confess to Him before going further, or that I need to catch Him up on where I’m at. Whatever the reasoning that comes, it is really not accurate. Sure, if you know you have something between Him and you, clear it up! But, don’t let that stop you from talking to Him!
Just as my little niece had no qualms about asking her Mom a question, I need not fear telling anything and everything to Jesus! God Almighty is my Dad! I can go to Him at any time with anything! “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
Somehow, sometimes, I feel like I have to have an invitation to come to Him, but He’s already given me that invitation!
I Must Tell Jesus
I must tell Jesus all of my trials,
I cannot bear these burdens alone;
In my distress He kindly will help me,
He ever loves and cares for His own.
I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
I cannot bear my burdens alone;
I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.
I must tell Jesus all of my troubles,
He is a kind, compassionate Friend;
If I but ask Him, He will deliver,
Make of my troubles quickly an end.
Tempted and tried, I need a great Savior,
One who can help my burdens to bear;
I must tell Jesus, I must tell Jesus,
He all my cares and sorrows will share.
O how the world to evil allures me!
O how my heart is tempted to sin!
I must tell Jesus, and He will help me
Over the world the vict’ry to win.
(Words and Music by: Elisha A. Hoffman)