A Page from the All New John 7:17 Challenge Book:
“Daddy, Daddy…I need help!”
Dedicated to my youngest son, Nathan Michael Chriswell.
Racing to the kitchen table to feed his starving belly, a hungry little 4 year old boy named Nathan, drops a loaded bowl of cereal. The milk and cereal have exploded onto the ground, effectively painting the surrounding kitchen cabinets and walls. At first, he is terrified and wants to just run away and pretend that this did not just happen, but soon he composes himself realizing that he must get this mess cleaned up before Daddy sees.
He scrambles to the paper towel holder and pulls off a 10’ reel, dragging it behind him, back to the disaster area. Without making a sound, he desperately tries to clean up the mess. He frantically wipes back and forth, up and down, spreading the milk and pushing the now soggy cereal all over the floor. He keeps trying and trying but the mess just seems to get bigger and bigger. The paper towels are now soaked and trailing a stream of milk wherever he pushes them. He knows he is in big trouble now, and no matter how hard he tries he cannot get the mess cleaned up. He finally gives up in frustration, and begins to cry.
After a few minutes, he reluctantly calls out, “Daddy, I need help…I made a big mess Daddy and I can't fix it!”. His father comes and asks what happened. Chocking back the tears, Nathan replies, “I was so hungry Daddy that I ran to the table with my cereal bowl and I accidentally dropped it…I tried to clean up my mess…I tried a lot…it was just a accident Daddy.”
His Daddy replied, “It’s ok son, I’ll help you get this mess cleaned up”, and he grabs some more paper towels and some kitchen cleaner. He gives Nathan a few and says, “Now let’s tackle this mess as a team, ok!” Still ashamed, little Nathan reluctantly continues just like before, wiping back and forth, and up and down. Only this time, his Daddy is coming right behind him to clean up everything that Nathan is missing. Soon, it looks like it never even happened. Even better there was a stronger bond and dependency made between Nathan and His Daddy. “We did it son…high five!”, said his father, "Now just try walking with your next bowl, ok." Nathan was happy and secure again in His Daddy's love, and his Daddy was honored and proud to have been needed by his son to do something that he simply couldn’t do on his own.
Nathan not only found help for his mess, but He points us to the secret of the victorious Christian life. We cannot do it on our own. You are going to experience some very weak moments on our journey together through this discipleship challenge. There will be times when you will read Christ's words and the Insight and you will feel deeply convicted by what you read and may even swallow hard a few times. That's completely normal and I don't want you to be discouraged or quit your climb to the top with me. That's when you need to look up to Daddy and say, "I can't do it Father...I need your help!"
We win, when we set down our fear and the pride of trying to do it all in our own strength and instead we call on “Daddy” who loves us and wants to help us. We must become like Nathan, in childlike humility and dependence, running to our “Daddy” with every single mess we make, and every single weakness we have. Then through faith and patience, we can expect him to eventually show up and help us. It won't always be as soon as we want, but we can no with certainty He will come! The victorious Christian life is only found through a team effort between us and our loving heavenly “Daddy”.