This Tuesday morning I had a great blessing that I want to share with you. I began my morning early and met Cassie and Kelly Adkins at Winchester Medical Center at 6:30 am in the Surgical Unit. I watched in amazement as little four year old Kelly answered the same questions that you and I are asked prior to surgery. She answered, “My name is Kelly. I am four years old and I am here to have my tonsils and adenoids out.” As the nurse attending her surgical prep gave her a sticker book, and explained to her the nosepiece that would be used to put her to sleep, I was amazed that it was strawberry flavored. With promises of lots of popsicles, Kelly was calm and actually looking forward to them quote “fixing” her. With each new visitor: her surgeon, anesthesiologist, and surgical nurse, she seemed calm and undisturbed. She looked forward to them “fixing her”.
I watched as she put all of her stickers on her mother’s face, and talked of the gifts that would be on her bed after surgery. Gifts left by the Operation Fairy, who was like a Tooth Fairy. Her only demand was that she not go to surgery – and Mommy could not remove the stickers from her face – until Daddy got there!
I was suddenly so envious of her trust and faith in her Daddy. Mark 10:15 says, “I tell you truly, whosoever does not receive the Kingdom of God, as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” A child-like faith, that allows no room for fear. A faith in “Daddy”.
When we are told to call God, ABBA – Father, Daddy – it is that kind of relationship. His arms are strong enough to catch us when we stumble or fall. His rough hands become like silk when he wipes away our tears. His voice becomes like an angel’s choir when he says, “I love you and it is alright. I forgive you.” Our desperate prayers need not always be formal Our Fathers, but Daddy! Our Daddy who loves, forgives, protects, and guides.
So today, let’s use our child-like faith to Trust Him, Obey Him, and Follow Him. Let’s tell Him, Daddy, I love you.