Our family has grown by two in the past month—a granddaughter and a grandson born only nineteen days apart. I haven’t been able to meet my granddaughter yet; I’m hoping that will happen in July. I have, however, been blessed to be living in the same household as my new grandbaby boy.
Josh is a week old. I marvel at the miracle he is. I also marvel at his complete dependency on others. Like all newborns, he can do absolutely nothing for himself. His mommy feeds, changes, bathes, and clothes him. Other willing hands hold him and pitch in to help as needed, and we all consider it pure joy.
Josh’s helpless state reminds me of humanity. Seriously, we can do nothing on our own. We are completely dependent on God. We can’t even take our next breath without His go-ahead. Why, then, do we think we can handle some of life’s issues without Him?
Robert Lowry nailed it when he wrote the refrain, “I need Thee, oh I need Thee; Ev’ry hour I need Thee; Oh, bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee.”
Every moment of every day we need God’s presence in our lives. And every moment of every day our heavenly Father hears our sighs and cries. He never withholds His help from us when we call on Him from a pure heart. (Psalm 66:16-20) Just as Josh’s family cares for him, so our heavenly Father cares for us. He encourages us to call on Him, and He never considers meeting our needs a hardship. (1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 23:1)
I cradle week-old Josh and thank God for this reminder of how He cradles me.
I don’t have to try to figure out life on my own. I don’t have to let fear control me. I don’t have to panic over whether or not my needs will be met. I’m dependent on God, and He loves me. There’s no better position in which to be.
Take a few moments to listen to “I Need Thee Every Hour” sung by Fernando Ortega. Embrace it as a fresh reminder of your dependency on God our Father for all things, and offer Him a prayer of thanksgiving for being present for you.
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