It was 2 AM. Another wake up call by my crying toddler. Three nights had gone by with this same pattern. However, this night was different.
I am one who normally picks him up out of his crib and tries to soothe him back to sleep. I will lay with him on the spare couch, rub his back, and whisper affirmations to him until he nods of soundly.
On this particular night, I wanted to take a short cut. I felt too tired to try. I planned to leave him in his crib and shush him back to sleep. But, his cries were piercing my heart and his words were sobering to my groggy state-of-mind.
While shedding some tears he inquired, “All better?”. My previous intentions were interrupted and I was quickly humbled. I rubbed his back and said, “Yes, it’s all better.”. Still crying he asked, “I know, baby?”. It was then that I understood how much my gentle affirmations meant to him. I picked him up and said, “Yes, I know, baby.”.
Most often, he wakes up because of teething or growing pains, the frigid cold from kicking off blankets throughout the night, or having a bad dream. My presence alone is just one form of reassurance. However, he seeks me to pick him up. He listens to my voice to affirm, “I know, baby. I got you. It’s all better.”.
I pondered about this typical routine and how it correlates to critical circumstances in my life. I’ve often encountered growing pains, the frigid cold of trials, and what seems like bad dreams in my reality. After I’ve had enough of all I can endure, I lay there and cry out to Jesus. Where are you God?, Do you know what I am going through? Is it going to be all better?
God gently answers:
My presence is always right here. “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic.. For the Lord your God.. will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NLT).
I know exactly what you’re going through. “So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do..” Hebrews 4:14-15 (NLT).
Everything will be all better in due time. “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. ..for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:26-28 (NLT).
I can truly withstand any circumstance. God’s got it. He’s got me. He holds me ever so tightly and never lets me go. He whispers His words of affirmations to me through His Word. All I need to do is believe in His presence and trust in His promises. Just like my sweet child has learned to believe and trust in me.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”- Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)