Getting the children to go to sleep each night is often an exercise in frustration. If they can find any excuse — no matter how small — for getting out of bed and prolonging having to go to sleep, they’ll use it.
Amy was going to bed one night, and as she passed by Chloe’s door, Chloe asked, “Can I have a drink of water?” This is the most common ploy. Using the bathroom is a close second, for obvious reasons.
Amy said Chloe could have some water. Chloe blew out a sigh of relief.
“Good,” she said. “I was so thirsty, and didn’t know if I could wait for y’all to go to bed before I got up and got some.”
When she said this, I laughed. The comment was so cute, delivered with such childlike honesty. Yet after the initial amusement passed, I thought about what Chloe had said. She was waiting for a time when Amy and I would be unaware of her actions.
You know, that may work with a little girl (who’s often too smart for her own good) and her parents, but it doesn’t work so well with us and our heavenly father. We cannot simply outwait God. There’s never a time when he is unaware of us, or anything about us.
Did you catch that? There’s never a time when God is unaware of us. There’s never a time when he’s unaware of our needs, our wants, our struggles, our fears. That realization ought to bring us great comfort.
There’s also never a time when God is unaware of our spiritual growth, our spiritual victories or when we resist temptation and turn from sin. That realization ought to bring us great boldness.
There’s also never a time when God is unaware of our sinful thoughts, words or actions. That realization ought to be quite sobering.
Abraham is a good example of what I’m talking about. There was never a time in Abraham’s life when God was unaware. God knew when Abraham had spiritual failures (Genesis 12:10-20). God knew when Abraham had spiritual victories (Hebrews 11:8-10). God knew when Abraham had a need (Genesis 22:13).
The things God knew about Abraham, he also knows about us. He’s aware of all that we do or say, whether good or bad. He’s also aware of our needs, whether physical or spiritual.
Know what our greatest need was? Salvation. Not only was God aware of it, he made provision for it through his son, Jesus Christ.
Have you accepted his provision for your need?
Parrish Myers is a local minister. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.