His tiny little name brand shoes fit in the palm of my hand. Blue with a splash of green and lined with a silvery glow.
Love the little boy feet that fill them.
Many days, getting those darling little boy feet into those darling shoes is not so darling. Screams. Squirms. Resistance from him. Growls. Grunts. Frustration from me. Just… darling. Ugh.
Only yesterday, we were engaged in another not-so-darling struggle. I told him that we were heading out to Target. He loves the big red balls in front and the icy blue slurpee goodness that awaits inside. But for a reason only he knows and will never remember, he brought his little pudgy, dimpled hand up to his heart and said, “I sdar-ed of Dar-det.”
Seriously, scared of Target? The clean, bright, wide open store where you can pay less and expect more? Crazy, two-year old little boy.
Instinctually, a response rolled out of my mouth but bounced around in my heart like an echo in the Grand Canyon.
“Oh buddy, don’t worry. Mommy will be with you. You don’t need to be scared.”
He smiled with comfort, received a smoochie kiss, and out the door we went.
In the presence of his fear, my nearly non-thinking response was to reassure him of my presence. When he is with me, he is always protected, regarded, and loved.
In the same way, God responds to you and me with:
“Do not fear, for I AM with you.
Do not be dismayed, for I AM your God.
I will strengthen you and help you and hold you tight.”
In the face of fear, God reassures you with His presence. Lean in bit tighter, friend. And even in your pain, He is with you.
Our oldest son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes this summer. Hard. Fear-filled. Painful. I wanted answers and projections and assurances. But there just aren’t any. Every day, we are reminded of the disease and the brokenness. But in the midst, I hear the truth of my Father whisper lovingly in my heart, “Do not fear. I am with you.”
In His presence, my identity is safe and secure.
No matter what may come or what I may face, I am not alone.
Do not be mistaken, my sweet friend. Hear His whisper in your heart today: I am with you. I am with you. I am with you.
What things in your life are fear-filled or pain-filled?
In what ways has God’s presence comforted you? I would love to hear.