Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Calling Out for Dad

I was playing outside yesterday with Halle while Michelle was out having some "alone time" and Felicity was napping. Actually, I was reading a book while Halle played in the driveway, but she was quite content to play on her own!

Anyway, she was running around and playing quite happily by herself, until she moved toward the garage to get something. Suddenly she began to call out for me, "Daddy, Daddy!" She sounded a bit concerned, so I went to check it out. It turned out she was concerned about a buzzing noise she was hearing. There was a bee in the garage, and it was freaking her out a bit.

I thought nothing of this, until I read the following this morning in Tim Chester's You Can Change (I know I've said it before, but if you want to read a book on the dynamics of biblical change, I urge you to pick up a copy of this one!):

"A child will play happily in her own little world. But as soon as she senses danger, she'll look around for a parent. This is how it should be for the child of God. As soon as we sense danger (temptation/sin), we should look up to our heavenly Father for help."

That is what happened yesterday in my driveway. My little girl sensed danger, and she called out for me. And if we want to do battle against sin, we would be wise to make prayer our default reaction the moment we experience the danger of temptation.

1 comment:

  1. Larry,

    Thank you for this illustration--it's very helpful. What a great Father we have!