As a parent, you learn to recognize the cries of your children. It’s amazing how in a house full of children, you can pick out the cries of your child. You learn to recognize and respond to the types of cries – hungry, pain, terror, manipulating, whiney, etc. and your heart hurts when they are hurt.
When your children grow up, it doesn’t get any easier. If anything, perhaps it even hurts a little more because you can’t pick them up, dust them off and send them on their way any longer. You can’t always protect them from the things life throws their way. I believe it is every parent’s nightmare to pick up the phone and hear your child crying on the other end and yet our greatest hope is that they will always feel they can turn to us in their time of need.
A couple weeks ago, we were in town for a wedding. We were standing in the sanctuary of the church taking care of some last minute housekeeping when my cell phone rang. I answered it and heard my daughter’s voice on the other end. She was crying. I could hear the fear in her voice and felt the agonizing terror as she tried to reign in her emotions enough to speak.
There had been an accident. Our 17 year old grandson was home by himself and had been hurt while using a power tool. He was in an ambulance on his way to the hospital. Our daughter was over an hour away. We were over an hour away. She didn’t know the extent of his injuries…I felt so helpless.
“Please pray,” my daughter had pleaded. My husband and I gathered a group of people around us. The joy and anticipation of the wedding was momentarily pushed aside as we began to cry out to God in desperation for this situation.
Psalm 18:6 “But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.”
God hears our cries.
The enemy tries to convince us that we are alone in life. He wants us to live in despair, feeling like no one cares. He wants us to give up. He wants us to walk in fear… but, just like we as parents recognize and respond to the cries of our children, God hears us.
Our grandson was hurt pretty badly, he took a big chunk of bone out of his thumb, severed 2 tendons, mangled the top of two fingers and took a chunk of flesh out of his leg. He had to undergo a 3 ½ hour surgery to repair his hand. He will be recovering for a while, but he is doing well. We are so thankful!
I don’t know what you are going through today, but I do know that God hears your cries. Nothing is too great, or too insignificant, for our heavenly Father. Even in the midst of a world full of His children, He recognizes your voice. Pick up the phone, He is waiting for your call.
Psalm 116:1-9 “I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the LORD: “LORD, save me!” The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The LORD protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you. For you, LORD, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the LORD in the land of the living.”
Psalm 40:1-5 “I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear and will trust in the LORD.”
Revelation 21:4-6 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”