Say to those with fearful hearts, ‘Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you’ (Isaiah 35:4).
“Here, crabby! Crabby!” Justin called, cautiously leaning in for a closer look at the interesting animal crawling alone on the dry grass. Toes curling in his blue flip-flops, he bit his bottom lip and watched as the crab waddled slowly forward.
“Where’s your mommy at?” Justin looked around but there were no other crabs in sight. “You shouldn’t wander off from your mommy, Crabby,” Justin scolded. The wind lifted the tails of his plaid shirt. “Your mommy is going to be mad when she finds you,” he warned. But the crab merely continued to waddle aimlessly ahead as if he hadn’t heard a word Justin said.
Tiring of the crab’s unresponsiveness, Justin sighed and turned away. “Uh-oh!” Turning his head left and right, Justin searched for the sight of his own mother, but couldn’t find her. His belly bubbled with panic and his eyes filled with tears. “Mommy! Mommy!” Justin screamed and spun in circles.
Justin had never been so scared before in his entire life! Suddenly Granny’s voice whispered in his ear, “You are never alone, sweet boy. God is always with you. When you’re scared, just pray and God will help you.”
So Justin prayed, “God, I’m sorry for wandering off like Crabby. Please let me find my Mommy and I promise not to do it again.”
Then Justin heard the best sound in the whole world -his mommy’s voice calling his name. He spotted her in the distance and took off running in her direction. She saw him and also started running. Their bodies crashed together and they embraced in a tight hug.
“I was so worried about you!” Justin’s mommy cried tears of relief.
“I’m sorry, Mommy!” Justin wiped his nose on his mother’s blouse.
“Just promise me you won’t wander off again,” his mother pleaded. “You scared me!”
“I was scared too, Mommy, until Granny told me that God was with me and as soon as I prayed, I found you!”
“Granny told you?”
Adrenaline and relief flooding her senses, Justin’s mother felt a skip in her heartbeat at her son’s words. Granny had passed away when Justin was only 6 months old! How could he possibly have recognized her voice?