This morning, I went back and reread Proverbs 18:10. What a great reminder to run to God! It says, "The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." I began to learn at an early age that I could run to God. My first lesson came when I was just 8 years old. My mom had to go to the laundry mat to dry our clothes. She couldn't use the clothesline (yes, I'm that old!) because it had been pouring rain for hours. My baby brother was in his crib sleeping, and Mama left me there with him (the '60s were great, weren't they? Lol)
She probably was only gone long enough to dry a load of clothes, but while she was gone, water got in the floor furnace and caused the flame to grow much larger than normal. To my 8-year-old eyes, it looked like the flames were going to leap out and consume us all! Lol. I was terrified and had no clue what to do. So, I gathered my little brother up in my arms. He was a tiny baby, and I took him to the living room, which was furthest away from the floor furnace. I remember placing him on the couch and kneeling down on the floor right there and praying. It was a simple prayer. I told God I was really scared and didn't know what to do. Then I asked Him to help me know what to do. The answer came immediately. Call Daddy at work. I had to pull out the old-school phone book and look up his number. He called the neighbor, Marshall Glen, who was a plumber (and the mayor! lol), who came right over to look at it and console my skeered little heart. He assured me that we weren't going to explode into the heavens. Mama came home shortly.
It was that day that I learned I could call on God. I'm sure my mama had told me I could, and I had most likely heard about it in Sunday School. But that winter day in Wynnewood, OK, it became real for me.
There is nothing too little or too big to take to God. He isn't sitting up there measuring our fears or our situations to determine if our concerns are large enough for Him to spend energy on. Sounds funny, doesn't it? But how often do we wait until we are frazzled and at our wit's end before we take our concerns to Him? He will take it all. He doesn't exclude our crazy caregiving concerns, either. He just waits for us to come to Him and give it all to Him.
By the same token, His grace, mercy, and help aren't measurable either. He gives us all we need in unmeasured quantities. As a matter of fact, His grace and mercy are "responsive," like a good website design. They shape to fit the need, no matter how big or small they may seem.
Today, I will remind myself that I can quite literally take anything and everything to Him. Actually, He is eagerly waiting for my arrival! My thoughts will be on how I can trust God with all my "stuff," and He won't throw any of it back at me. He accepts it and carries it for me. He'll carry me, too, as needed. I will trust Him for today - will you join me?
Now Published in Paperback!
I finished publishing Affirmations for Caregivers last night! It contains an affirmation, a verse or two to read, and a prompt for a very short response for each day. You can download the eBook from the Dove's Fire Ministries Bookstore right now and print it and and start today! The print version is also now available on Amazon! Check it out!