Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Who are you, Lord?
I was lathering my daughter's hair this morning when all of a sudden she asked me this question, "Mom, how do you know who God is? When you pray to Him, how do you know if He hears you?"
I knew someday I would be asked such a question but I was not really prepared to answer it at 6:30am when I was mentally struggling how to move much faster and finish giving my daughter a bath, clean the bedroom, tidy up the beds, get the sandwich bags ready and take a bath and dress up for the office before 7:15am. I was in a rut. How do I answer such a question as simply as I could so that my eight-year-old could understand.
"Well honey, honestly I have never seen God face to face," I fumbled. "But I can talk to Him and He does not actually respond like this, I mean He does not talk back like people do when they talk." This was harder than I thought, I said to myself. "He talks to us in different ways," I added.
"Then how do you know it's Him?" she asked.
"He speaks to me through my heart, He leads me to the answer by opening my mind and helping me make the right decision." I stammered. Gosh! I flunked this one. I scolded myself. "I'm sorry honey, I'll get back to you on this one, but right now we have to rush or you might be late for school!" OMG! I cringed. 'I did not do so well there', I thought to myself.
Who are you Lord?, I blurted and looked upwards. How do I introduce you to my daughter?
This evening I frantically searched my books and looked for some answers. As I was anxiously flipping through a book I was currently reading I found one article called "Who are you Lord?" Now, what a coincidence! In the article was something from Helen Mallicot, you probably heard of her. And here is what she has to say.
“I was regretting the past and fearing the future. Suddenly my Lord was speaking:
‘My name is I AM.’
‘When you live in the past with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard. I am not there. My name is not I WAS.’
‘When you live in the future with its problems and fears, it is hard. My name is not I WILL BE.’
‘When you live in this moment, it is NOT hard. I am here. My name is I AM.’” - Helen Mallicot
I could not really explain how faith works as explicitly as I wanted to my daughter because I am still a work in progress myself. But I know that little by little I can do it. And hopefully in time she will understand and form her own opinion about the matter. And I hope that she will be touched by grace when she does.
God bless you one and all!