Sunday, May 17, 2009

I Want You!

Mrs. Hadley is busily shuffling about the kitchen, trying to throw lunch together, while Kaylyn studiously bends her head over her schoolwork and Daniel drives his trucks back and forth on the carpeted floor. Miss Melanie is trying to occupy Hannah, but Hannah trots up to Mrs. Hadley with a sad look on her face and cries, "Mommy, I want YOU!"


Poor Hannah's exema is bothering her and she is sitting in her highchair wimpering. "Mommy," she says sadly, "I want YOU!"


I found Hannah saying this very frequently throughout my visit at the Hadleys. She is at the age where there is no place she'd rather be than in her daddy's or mommy's arms. She doesn't take the effort to notice that Daddy is studying his sermon for Sunday or that Mommy is putting together her supper. She doesn't want to play dolls with Kaylyn or trucks with Daniel, and doesn't want Miss Melanie to read her "Sam Gets Lost". "Mommy, I want YOU!" That's all she wants.

I wonder, have we, as we have grown to more "mature" years ;-), lost this simple desire, "I want YOU!" No, not for our earthly mommy or daddy... but for our Abba Father, our Saviour and our God. Have we lost the simplicity of forgetting about all our "trucks", "dolls", and "storybooks", and coming before God, pleading, "Jesus, I want YOU!"

Sometimes Pastor or Mrs. Hadley was busy and couldn't stoop down and pick up Hannah and comfort her each time she came to them. It's just not humanly possible to be available for one's children every second of every day. But our God is infinite and omnipresent and omniscient, and He is never too busy for any one of His children. As the love and care of a mother is as essential to a child's emotional growth as clean air and suitable food is to her physical growth, so is the love and care of our Heavenly Father essential to our spiritual growth in Him. He is always ready to give it, but He wants us to come to the point that that is what we want-- more than ANYTHING else. He wants us to come to Him with our arms spread out, crying, "Daddy, I want YOU!"

All other things-- even the most precious things-- can perish on this earth. This week my uncle's brother-in-law, "Uncle" Brian, lost his house, his wife, and his only two children in a house fire. But God is eternal, unchangeable... FOREVER. He alone is our eternal hope, He alone can we entirely entrust our lives to and devote our all to, because He will never die. And He knows what is right for us and will take care of us. This week I have been challenged with this thought. How important are earthly things to me? Is Jesus all-in-all to me, above any other person or thing? Am I ready to leave all else, come to God with outstretched arms, and simply say, "Jesus, I need YOU!" For He is all I need. Once I am resting in Him, I can let Him take care of everything else.

"Whom have I in heaven but thee?
and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
My flesh and my heart faileth:
but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever."

Psalm 73:25,26


In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise,
Give me Jesus.

When I am alone
When I am alone
When I am alone,
Give me Jesus

When I come to die
When I come to die
When I come to die,
Give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus!
You can have all this world,
But give me Jesus.

Please visit this link here for the beautiful tune to these beautiful words! Thank you, sweet Leah! This is one of my favorites!


julia said...

Good thought!

Anonymous said...

I love that song! :) Thank you for reminding us that Jesus is what we should be grasping after; He is the only One that will take care of our true needs!

Teddy said...

Melanie, you did what few have done, you made me cry! Your post just really corresponded with what the Lord has been teaching me and really struck home! Thank you dear friend!

Leah said...

Oh my dearest Melanie! You have NO idea how much I needed that. I have been struggling with this EXACT thing IMMENSELY this week. Oh that my only want and desire would be for my Father in Heaven. Oh that my heart would yearn for no one but Him. Oh that my thoughts would be for Him alone. Oh that I would delight and be filled with His Word.

When I think of these things my heart sings the song "Turn your eyes upon Jesus."

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Oh that I would look into His glorious face and have my earthly cares fade away! Oh dearest Melanie I almost cried while I read this. I understand you COMPLETELY! Praise be to God our Father that we don't have to go through these struggles alone! We have Him to guide and keep us and we have our friends to walk by us and direct our eyes to Heaven. You are one of those friends dear one. *hug*

Ana said...

I love this song!!!!! Such good words.

Rosebud said...

Good, good thoughts, Melanie.

Pure Little Ladies Ministry said...

WONDERFUL post, this was amazingly awesome!! What a beautiful word picture you've painted!!

steph12 said...

Wow Melanie, good word picture.
I love that song!:-)