For the past week, someone has been sick at my house. Last night my little dude was running a fever and barely slept. He seems to get an ear infection with every new tooth. I am pretty sure he got his pain tolerance (or the lack of) from his momma, because he is miserable when he is not well, so everyone else is also miserable. And for some reason when he is awake at 2 am, screaming his lungs out, he only wants his mama.
When a baby is hurt or is afraid, he cries. He cries until He sees the familiar face of his parent. He will reach his arms up to heaven in surrender wanting nothing more than to be held by the loving arms of his father or mother. Why does a child who knows nothing do this in response to pain? I mean the pain doesn’t go away simply because he is held. But there is something about being held in that moment that brings peace and relief to that hurting and scared child. I think God has placed that innate nature in us, to cry out. To cry out to our Father when we are hurt or in need. This is His desire for all His children. So that we may reach up in surrender and grip the nail scarred hands of the One who holds the world.
No one prays for afflictions and I don’t think it is healthy to do so. However, when God allows us to go through seasons of difficulty and pain, may we not be so quick to rebuke and resist but rather embrace them. For it is in those moments, we get a closer glimpse of the face of our Father. And although the pain continues, all of a sudden, it doesn’t matter, because you are in the most secure place you can be, your Heavenly Father’s arms.
“The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save, and his ear is not too deaf to hear” Isaiah 59:1
His arms are wide open and strong enough to hold all that pain and baggage.
No matter what you are going through, no matter where you are today, you are His child. So cry out to your Father and let Him wrap you up and hold you tight and let the peace of God that passes all understanding guard your heart and mind.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18