She’s not that old yet. Just coming up on two years of life however it feels like it has been ages since she let me hold her close. Rock her, snuggle her for more than a minute.
There is something about feeling sick that makes us vulnerable. Something about our bodies telling us we are weak that makes us seek comfort.
This morning she awoke with a 103-degree temperature. All morning all she wanted to do was rest in my arms. While it tore me up inside to see her so miserable I embraced the chance to hold her close. Love her, care for her in my arms.
As I reflect on the morning. Reflect on the beauty of love, unconditional love I think of my Father, Creator God. I remember those first weeks as a new follower. How I would spend time with Him. Sit and rest in His tender words. Walk the trails at the park and just talk with Him. How I ran to Him when I was sick or scared. When I was vulnerable I went to God for strength.
Why have things changed so? My Father would probably say the same thing about me that I said about my daughter this morning. “It has been ages since you came to Me for comfort and let Me hold you more than a minute.”
Why do I turn to entertainment, chocolate and sunshine? Do they ever satisfy? Do they ever comfort me like my Father’s arms can?
What about you? How long has it been since you let God hold you, love you? What have you been choosing instead?
May we all take some time today to practice running to the Comforter instead of the earthly comforts.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. ESV
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. ESV
Psalm 119:76 Now let your unfailing love comfort me, just as you promised me, your servant. NLT