“Mama! Cup on the floor!”
“Mama! Mama! Mama! See, moon!”
“Mama! Where’s Sissy?”
My two-year-old son, Jabez, says my name no less than two hundred times a day, and that’s conservatively. He calls my name sometimes just to say “Hi!”. I think my name is his favorite word, and that’s saying a lot since he asks for a certain cartoon mouse all day long!
I’ve been thinking a lot about it lately. I remember the days when I longed for someone to call me Mommy. Now I have four of them! Throughout a day, I hear “Mom. . .”, “Mama”, “Mommy”, and even the baby gibbers “Ma-Ma”. It’s so sweet! And yes, sometimes it’s annoying when an older boy is tattle-telling. . . again.
Or when I’m on the phone and I hear “Mama, mama, mama, mama. . . Hi!”
Or if their Daddy is in the same room as them and they are fussing for “Mama” and Dada would love to cuddle or help!
But truly, I love it. I love that my kids, all of them: two 8-year-olds, a 2-year-old, and a 1-year-old can call on their Mama! They want to share things with me, tell me stories, show me the moon or a boogie on their finger. They want to give me a snuggle or get my help with something. They desire for me to be around and need to know I’m near.
I’m sure my mom feels the same when I call her regularly and she hears me say “Hey, Mama!” I can’t imagine ever getting over my children call for me. What I really love about it, however, is that as much as I love my kiddos and as much as I want to hear them call for me, how much more does our Heavenly Father love to hear from us? To hear us call on him? You see, I imagine he gets lonely for us. Sure, he’s the God of all the universe and there are billions of people in this world. But he loves each of us as if we were the only one. And he longs for us to call on him, to show him our hearts. He desires to have constant communion with each of us.
But, oftentimes, we get too busy. We wait until Sunday (or Easter) to think of Him or call on Him. Sometimes, we only say his name when we’ve stubbed our toe.
Scripture is full of verses regarding prayer. God wants to hear from us!
- We can have confidence He hears us: 1 John 5:14, “This is the confidence we have in Christ Jesus, if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
- He listens. Jeremiah 29:12 “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me and I will listen.”
- We should pray continually and always give thanks: I Thessalonians 5:16, “Rejoice always, praying continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
- He is near: Psalms 145: 18: “The Lord is near to all who call on him, who call on him in truth.”
There is power in the name of Jesus! We can have confidence in Him! He is near to us and he listens!
Mama, when you’re overwhelmed with all the demands on your life, when you’re so excited about the new things happening, when you have a need that you just can’t figure out how to meet it, or when you just need a friend: Call on Jesus. It’s the sweetest name I know!
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. I ask that you forgive me for neglecting our time together. But I call out to you now! I give you thanks for all that you have done for me! I ask that you move in the areas of my life where I lack. I pray that you draw close to me and comfort me. Help me to remember to always draw close to you! You are the sweetest name I know!