Sunday, October 04, 2009

Cry Out to God

Sunday afternoons are nap days at the Roebuck house. Even grown-ups take naps on Sundays. Today I put the kids down for naps and was finishing up a couple little jobs on the other side of the house from where the kids were sleeping. Just as I started to lie down, I faintly heard Max crying, so I got back up and went to check on him.

I found him in the bathroom, on the toilet, tears streaming down his face. He was stuck on the toilet and couldn't get down because he needed help wiping. I looked around and saw how he had made several attempts to wipe himself and get down, to no avail. The place was a mess and he was covered in dried poop. He had been there for a while.

As soon as he saw me, his eyes brightened with hope. He said, "I was crying and crying, and then I just cried to God. I asked Him to send you to help me."

As we worked to get him cleaned up, we talked about how God had answered His prayer. Max looked away, as if in shame, and told me quietly, "Even after I asked God to send you, I still cried some more." His tender little heart was already aware of a lack of faith.

Oh, I feel ya, Buddy. Crying out to God, but then not sure if he's really coming with the help He's promised. Today Maximus reminded me that when we cry out to God, He will always hear and answer. Every time.

And the sweetest part? I know that the Father whispering this to my son today: No matter what mess you're in, I am here, and I will help.

Psalm 57:1-2

2 I cry out to God Most High,
to God, who fulfills his purpose for me.

3 He sends from heaven and saves me,
rebuking those who hotly pursue me;
God sends his love and his faithfulness.


Aunt Laura said...

Just because He let you get covered in dried poop doesn't mean that He didn't hear you. :-) Thanks Max!!

kelli said...

oh my cherissa. that brought me to tears. your sweet boy has such a sweet spirit. thanks for sharing.

Jonathan said...

Oh, Max, we love you. Isn't it amazing how God reveals himself through our kiddos.


Ashton said...

that post was so moving. it's amazing how much Max has a desire for God at such a young age!

kathy said...

so beautiful.

Anonymous said...

looks like we are all tearing up after this one. I want to read this to Brandon and Uncle Larry.
love you
aunt suzie

GloryGirlCreations said...

Thank you for sharing these precious truths! And praise to God for giving you His grace to comfort & clean. :)

John and Janel Breitenstein said...

So, so sweet. Thanks for sharing this.

Tracey said...

What a great word picture of my messes I allow to cover me and my need to allow Him to rescue me instead of laboring in vain and spreading the mess around further! Thanks for sharing! And for being an attentive loving mom! Blessings to you and yours.