What is the first thing that young children do when they are sick or hurt? They run to their parents for love, comfort and reassurance. But somewhere along the way, children begin to assert their independence and start trying to take care of themselves. By the time they reach the teen years, children often don’t think they need their parents for anything. As they enter the adult years, it simply becomes inappropriate to run to parents each time you’re sick or hurt.
It’s wonderful to see how many lessons our children can teach us. They know that their parent is the one they should go to and they do it. So why do adults have such trouble doing the same thing and taking things to our Heavenly Father? Is it pride, arrogance, or a lack of faith?
What a great example it would be for our children if they saw us go to our Father in Heaven when we are struggling! Psalm 46:1-3 teaches us that, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” Let’s practice what we preach today. Go snuggle up with your Father and the good book the next time the waves are crashing in on you.