While trying to explain the “thees”, “thous” and “arts” of the Our Father, my daughter murmured something about a mailbox.
“What did you say, Sweetie?”
“Does God put us in an envelop and send us away from evil?”
“Oh, right. The Lord said, ‘deliver us from evil.'”
“Yes, deliver us. The address should say, ‘heaven’.”
Oh, kids! You’ve got to love their perspective. But as cute as that is, it is hard for my adult mistrusting brain to really take in the message of God’s loving deliverance from evil. Twistedly, sometimes I’m even afraid to pray for it because I think that it won’t necessarily happen so I’d better not disappoint myself by praying for it. I’m aware of sickness, abuse, hunger, violence. Even just the mere existence of these things press in on me as evil. But in this way, I am not looking at the whole picture. I am listening to my fear, rather than the Word of God. Listen for a moment with me to these beautiful word of God from chapter 43 of Isaiah:
“For I am the Lord, your God, the holy one of Israel, your Savior.” v.3
“Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will bring your children from the east and gather you up from the west.” v.5
“I have revealed and proclaimed and saved… No one can deliver out of my hand.”v.12-13
Please, God, deliver us from evil. Thank you that you are our Savior. Thank you for caring for our children. Thank you for being strong and for saving. I trust in you.
Thanks, my little girl, for refocusing me on the saving hand of God. Thank you for trusting Him. I do too. Praying the Our Father will take a more joyful tone now than in the past for me. With a child like faith, I will ask the Lord to deliver us from evil because that is what Jesus asked us to do. Because that is what God wants to do. That IS His revealed will – deliverance. Now I will envision myself – and you- being stamped for heaven, wrapped in good smelling paper, shipped off as a special delivery, away from evil, marked for the Lord.. Not afraid. With the Lord. Saved. Delivered.