The First Word in God
by Mary Lou Carney
Come near to God and he will come near to you.
—James 4:8 (NIV)
My grandson Drake is learning to read. This is a huge thrill for a bookworm and bibliophile like me. I can’t wait for the day when he is reading to me. And what amazing worlds will open up to him through the pages of books!
A few weeks ago, Drake was in church with me. When the deacon handed me the service bulletin, he gave Drake a packet for children. In it were a few crayons and some pages to color. There was also a word search.
“Look, Nina,” Drake said, placing his thumb over the last letter of a word. “This is the only word I know so far.Go.” He moved his finger, and I glanced down to see the word was actually God.
“If you put a d on ‘go’ you get the word ‘God,’” I whispered. Drake busied himself with the crayons and papers, but I couldn’t stop thinking about that discovery. Go is the first word in the word God.
Go to Him with all your problems. Go to Him in joyful gratitude. Go to Him when times are tough—and when they’re not. Go to Him when you’re angry with Him. Go, go, go! Comfort in every sorrow, help in every circumstance, direction in every decision begins with that simple act.
Each week in Sunday school, Drake is learning about God. Soon he will be able to read the Bible for himself. But already he has latched on to a truth it took me half a century to learn: God is all about go.
Forgive me, Lord, when I race toward worry instead of coming to You in faith and prayer.
Excerpted from Daily Guideposts, 2
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