40 Days | DAY 12
Read Matthew 11:28-30
This week has been one of those weeks with our family. You know, that week that makes you feel that you can do nothing right regarding parenting. When we say up, they say down. Right, wrong. Blue, red.
This evening things came to close on that week when my son fell and hit his head running after my wife, and my daughter shared through tears her struggle with math. And it was in those moments that I realized that those things that were so frustrating early in the week didn’t matter. My son was hurting and so was my daughter. Both different, but both need our attention as mom and dad. They needed comfort. They needed attention. They needed to know that it was going to be ok, even when it didn’t feel “ok” at that moment.
With that I started to think about how God might just view us. How He sees us when we hurt. When we are in pain. As a parent all I wanted to do is take away their pain, or even better make those things that happen not happen at all. But I couldn’t. It didn’t mean my heart didn’t break for them.
See, it didn’t matter what happened last week. It didn’t matter how frustrated I was prior. I love my kids. I want them to be well. I want them to know I love them even in moments of pain.
It reminds me of a passage from the writer of the psalms. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
Psalm 147:3 NIV
There are moments that we mess things up. When up is down and no one can tell us different. But the love of Christ for us covers that In moments of pain. In moments of sadness. He, the one who gave His life for us on a cross heals the broken-hearted. Binds up their wounds. He cares for us and doesn’t want us to hurt. His love is the love of a Father. It was amazing that when I picked up my kids, their tears stopped. They were able to smile, laugh and feel like things were going to be ok. Me being there brought comfort. With that, I believe the same thing happens with Christ. When we are close to our Heavenly Father and allow Him in to heal our wounds we will find the very comfort we need in moments we need Him most.
…he binds their wounds…
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