My middle daughter, Sommer, never slept through the night until she was four years old. I remember waking on the morning after she slept through an entire night; I ran to her bed to make sure she was OK. I watched attentively and felt relief as she breathed consistent deep breaths.
Parenting teaches me so many things about God. Constant concern. Unconditional love. The desire to comfort and protect...
Today, as I waited to meet with God...to listen to His voice...to feel His presence...I remembered Isaiah 64:4—“Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” (NIV)
As I read the passage, a holy hush rushed over me and my soul found rest!
You see, like Sommer, I often become restless; I awake needing reassurance; I long to be comforted with..."Shhhhhh, Baby girl. Everything is alright. I'm here. You aren't alone."
How about you? Ever feel restless? Are you like me, do you long for God's presence and comfort?
Today, as I waited on God, I whispered a prayer from Psalm 73:23-26—“You hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (NIV)
And, as I waited, I sensed God whisper back His reassuring word from Jeremiah 29:11-14: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the LORD." (NIV)
Friend, my prayer for you today is that you would truly embrace and hold fast to the truth of God's love for you...that no matter what comes your way today...you would sense His loving presence strengthening and empowering you...that you would feel His reassurance whispering "Shhhhh. Everything is alright. I'm here. You aren't alone."