Wednesday, March 12, 2008

After we got home yesterday, I was thinking about all that had happened and I began thinking about how we, as parents, should be able to understand God's relationship with us, His children. I know that some of you are probably thinking, duh...and I'm sure I've heard this illustration before but it was so real in my life and it was like a light bulb turned on.

As Caleb was lying on the table for his chest x-ray, he was looking to me for relief, a way to get out of this horrible situation. I not only had to watch him endure this but had to hold him down until the test was done. I knew that it was all being done for his best interest but it still broke my heart. In his little 17 month old mind, he couldn't understand or comprehend that what I was doing what was best for him and that it wouldn't last but a few moments.
As soon as the test was over, I scooped him up and wrapped my arms around him. I held him close and just kept telling him, "Mommy's here, it's ok." With all his unconditional love, he too put his little arm around me, patted my back and between sobs would say, "I ok, I ok."


So often we view our trials the way Caleb did. We just want God to get us out, rescue us. And sometimes we even look at God and wonder, "why are you doing this?" In our finite minds, we can't understand that God has our best interest at heart. We can't see that what we're going through will only last for a while. But we can know that when we're hurting, God will be right there with us and in His timing He will scoop us up into His arms and comfort us as only He can.
And in the end we will be saying through our tears, "I ok, I ok."

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed;
perplexed but not in despair;
persecuted but not abandoned;
struck down but not destroyed.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Love y'all,

9 thoughts from Y*O*U:

Shelley said...

What a precious "illustration" of God's father heart toward us, His children. He continues to remind me, too, that "Daddy sees, Daddy knows, and Daddy cares."

Michelle in Mx said...

*nodding my head*

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

Preach it, girl. That was awesome.

BethAnne said...

How true!

How did you keep from snatching him up from that table when he said "I ok"?? That is too sweet!

Mocha with Linda said...

Oh that is so sweet. Reminds me of when we were holding our boy town for a spinal tap when he had meningitis when he was 7 months old. My husband still remembers the look in his eyes as he stared at his daddy. :-(

Great spiritual lesson. And our love for our kids is just a fraction of God's love for us.

Alene said...

I love hind-sight. I can always see how God brought me through something. I need to recognize Him in the present. He's there. Great post. Blessings.

jess said...

oh cheryl, this was so wonderful. how many times do i feel upset and a lack of trust for the Father...
thank you for the encouragement...


Amanda said...

Bless his little heart. I hope he gets better really soon.

I was thinking about the question you asked me, and "Living Beyond Yourself" came to mind. It is on the fruit of the Spirit. I think it's a great, foundational Bible study to living the Spirit-filled life. I honestly did not understand it until I took that study at age 19.

You can do that series with or without videos. It didn't have a video series until 7 or so years after it was written. I hope that helps! God bless you as you serve these girls!

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

How is he doing now?