“Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.” (Psalm 27:10)
I am a child of God.
And some days the “child” part of that statement is truer than others.
I remember when I tried to hold my screaming toddler as she was throwing a temper tantrum. I only wanted to comfort her, to calm her, to reason with her. But she thrashed around, only wanting to show me her anger. She was impossible to hold onto.
My mood brings to mind nights in the past when I wanted to read to my little son. He climbed up into my lap, eager to hear the story, but soon he was scrambling down to chase after some forgotten item or a new idea that had popped into his mind as it wandered. Each time my grip tightened to hold him in place, he increased his efforts to escape, became more determined to flee after his own distractions.
The New Living Translation version speaks the above word this way:
Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.
These days when I am facing pain, frustrations and questions, I am eager for God to hold me close. And the Bible assures me that He longs to and that He will.
Do I make it difficult or impossible for my Father to keep me with Him for longer than a moment? Do I thrash around in my anger and fear, making it hard for Him to offer me comfort? Do I think of new or forgotten things and scramble to leave His embrace and the haven He provides for me there?
I pray that I will be the child who wants to be held. I will climb up and be deliberate in my snuggling and rest. I will not take for granted the peace He offers me.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for always having Your arms open to me. Help me to settle down and take full advantage of all that You offer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
About the author:
Shelly Hendricks is a wife and mother of 2 amazing kids. She was a teacher and a librarian in another life. She also suffers from Intracranial Hypertension, Interstitial Cystitis, and Essential Tremor. She had brain surgery in 2012 and now considers herself to be a ‘bionic woman’ who is learning to walk again. Disability has been hard to deal with, but she depends on God for all strength and hopes to encourage others on this journey, through her blog at http://reneweddaily.com
When do you find it most difficult to remember to rest in your Father’s arms?
Shelly thought you would enjoy this song, “Hold My Heart” by Tenth Avenue North. The lyrics are so very heart-felt. If you have ever asked God, “How much longer? What now?” or even cried out that He would just notice you, I think this song will bless you! -Lisa