Last week Eddie was out of town and for the first time in a while, it was me, by myself, with my kiddos for a few days. I have to say, I was enjoying having my undivided attention on Grace and Jude. I took a break from working for a few days to fully enjoy the alone time with my kiddos. I had asked the kids what they wanted me to make for supper one night. Grace chimed in first to say that she hadn’t had my lasagna in a while, Jude followed suit and before you know it I was listening to a duet of “We want lasagna, we want lasagna”. So, after I dropped Grace at school Jude and I headed to get the ingredients. When we got home, I quickly made the lasagna so Jude and I could play some ball before he had to take a nap. I was just about done with the dish and Jude couldn’t wait for me to finish. He wanted to go outside right then. I told him to go ahead outside and wait for me. He ran out with the ball and bat in his hand anxious for me to follow as soon as I could.
About two minutes later I hear a squeal unlike a squeal I have heard before and I see Jude’s little spiked hair as he runs around the bar to where I was standing. His cries were desperate, his eyes were wide and completely terrified. In an instant I was trying to figure out the problem, he couldn’t speak, just scream. As I frantically looked him over, I saw a large amount of fire ants around his ankles and all over his shoes. Without another second, I stripped him as quick as possible and put him in the sink. In about .7 seconds I had washed all the ants off of his legs and we were surveying the damage. After calling the doctor about what to do, and getting her assurance that a visit to see her wasn’t necessary I smothered his little ankles with cortisone cream, and held my little man for a while.
Even now, when I think of Jude’s face, it makes me emotional. He ran to me, in the midst of his urgency trusting that I would know how to help him. He didn’t care about being scolded earlier in the day, or that he might of been upset with me about giving Grace a piece of candy for helping and he didn’t get one. At the point of his crisis, he was clinging to the fact that he knew I would help, no matter what.
In Joshua’s farewell address in Joshua 23:8 he tells the children of Israel this,
But you are to CLING to the Lord your God, as you have done to this day.
The use of the word cling in this passage is captivating. In one of Joshua’s last statements his charge was to cling. The children of Israel knew what it was like to be hopeless. They knew that in some of the situations they were faced with without God’s utter might, they would have been completely wiped out as a nation. They recognized desperation, and they knew Who their Deliverer was. Even still, Joshua said “cling”.
Why did he give this charge? Because Joshua knew how easily they wandered from the Lord. He knew the temptation for them to rely on themselves, when there was not impending danger.
Isn’t it so true that in a panicky moment like Jude and the fire ants, or news from the doctor, or a pink slip at work, or a letter that you get in your mail, or wondering where the money is going to come from to pay the mortgage, we CLING to the Lord. Clinging in rough times seems so natural because we need a Savior. Then there are days when we just get paid, and the kids are behaving, or we get a promotion, and we are just doing well that we tend to forget where those blessings come from. We slack in reading our bibles and praying because we are doing ok without it. When things are good, sometimes God is the farthest thing from our mind. Why is that? He is the same God, and worthy of the same adoration.
If you are doing well, it isn’t because you are super smart or got it all together, it because God is blessing you. He loves you so much that He wants to bless you, just like you love to bless you children. Don’t forget in the great times in your life to praise Him for his goodness, and have the attitude of still being desperate for Him.
King David in the Psalms is the perfect example of CLINGING to the Lord. He knew when times were bad that God was HIs only hope, and when times were amazing God was the only reason.
I leave you with this.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.