My children and I went to the Maine Mall in South Portland. I like taking both my children on the merry-go-round. After we had had fun on the merry-go-round, we wanted to get a balloon, Davis chose a big red balloon and was so happy with it.
I had both children in my double stroller and we walked out of the mall to the car. It was quite a windy day, I decided to put Anna into the car first, as she’s the lightest, I thought the stroller would topple over if I took Davis’s weight out of it first.
As I strapped Anna into her car seat, I heard a desperate, heartbreaking cry from Davis saying, “My Balloon!” A truck had zoomed past creating a gust of wind and the balloon was snatched out of Davis’s hands and whooshed away, never to be seen again.
My heart broke for my little guy! I told him that there will be other balloons, in fact in his life there will be lots of balloons. But, I knew how he felt because I had been there. When I was about 5, I had had a lovely balloon that I had taken outside in the back yard to play with and it had slipped out of my fingers. It was a helium balloon, so I watched, crying as it floated way up into the sky.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Our Lord Jesus has been there! When we have moments of heartache we can feel like it will not get better and something lost is lost forever. But, our Lord Jesus sympathises so much because he loves us. He loves us so much he became man for us and he knows what it’s like because he has lived in this world. He has suffered more than any of us and yet in our every day lives he shows us mercy and grace. We have the free gift of Salvation because of him.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.