Facing Our ‘Nebuchadnezzar’


The eight-year old boy stood up and frightfully approached the pulpit. It was the early 1960’s in Junior Sunday School at church. He had memorized his talk and gone over it again and again. But somehow it didn’t give the boy total confidence in telling the story of Daniel as he began his talk. Things were going well till he stumbled on the name of the King. Although he had rehearsed it many times, the name Nebuchadnezzar was just too much for him to pronounce. As he tried in vain to pronounce it his heart sank and embarrassment set in. Just when it seemed that the little boy would fail, from the back came the familiar voice of his mother. “Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar” she repeated. The little boy smiled and repeated the name. Minutes later he finished the talk. He sat down and smiled at his mother who proudly sat in the back of the room.

I believe that Heavenly Father sits like a loving parent at the back of the room of our life letting us do all we can do. Then in that moment of need He reveals himself and helps us along. Like a good parent who desires that his children grow and learn, He watches, waits; then intercedes when He sees that it is needed. Daniel went all the way into the Den before the Lord intervened.

Sometimes our Father just watches and encourages us along the path of life. He wants us to grow! Bad things do happen to faithful people. But regardless, He does love us! This life is just a moment in time. I am confident that He, more often then not, helps us in our times of darkness; just like my mother did for me that scary Sunday morning so many years ago.

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