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The Word Has It
“Strengthen me according to Your word,” Psalm 119:28
MARBC State Representative
May’s Word: “Care”
As a young boy I was fascinated by the infant endeavors of the NASA space program. I would sit mesmerized in front of our black and white television watching the grainy images of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs as scientists and adventurers sought to learn as much as they could about the “final frontier.” In its early days, the space program and America’s participation in the “space race” with the Soviet Union captured our nation’s attention. It was not unusual for hours of network coverage (which was the only TV coverage in those days) to be devoted to the preparations of launching astronauts into space, sharing elementary simulated depictions of what might be happening in space, and speculating upon the successful return of the space capsule and its human occupants.
Among the reasons that space flight has fascinated so many is the acknowledged risks and dealing with the unknown. Because of this the first group of astronauts selected, known as the Mercury 7, consisted of a group of proven fighter pilots who were willing to face the perils of space. When Mercury Commander Scott Carpenter returned from his orbits of the earth, he was met with all of the pomp that was offered to each heroic man willing to risk his life for space exploration. Amidst the homage that a whole nation heaped upon him, his five-year-old daughter, Candace, rushed up to show her father a sore she had acquired on her right elbow during his absence. This was the matter of supreme interest to her. She knew her father would be interested, too; and amid all the excitement and busyness of that moment her father did take time to show interest in his daughter’s elbow!
In a touching way the interaction by Carpenter with his young daughter paints an appropriate illustration of our heavenly Father’s care for His children. Running the universe is much more complex than even the plans and machinery of a space program. Yet God’s infinite care and concern for His own children extend to the minutest particle and the tiniest detail of our existence. Nothing is permitted to escape His infinite knowledge and control.
Jesus illustrated how personally God cares for each one of us in a story shared in Matthew 19:13-14. We are told that “little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.’” This story of the Creator of the Universe’s desire to give attention even to the simple needs of young children shows us His desire to be personally involved in each of our lives.
Jesus encourages us to come to Him with all our needs. He encourages, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”(John 7:37-38) In Matthew 11:28 He urges, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” God is never too busy or too distracted to care for each need that is sincerely brought to Him.
This issue of the Baptist Testimony includes several stories about friends in the MARBC network who seek to share care and or who are in need of encouragement while facing special challenges. I would invite you to join me in upholding these friends in prayer, sending a note of encouragement, or taking advantage of the special resources being described.
Are you carrying a heavy load? Do you simply need encouragement from the One Who knows you and your needs better than anyone else? Acknowledge God’s frequent invitations to you from His Word, and, “[Cast] all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Even in the midst of overseeing the complexities of the universe, He has the resources to care for even the smallest of your needs – including a skinned elbow.
You have His Word on it! (KEF)