We were blessed to spend Thanksgiving with family at one point or another last week – Mitch’s side, my side, all enjoying delicious food and sharing old memories while making new ones. It’s such a sweet time of year, but it can be just as overwhelming too. I was reminded of this while rocking with our youngest in the middle of the night after two Thanksgiving celebrations.
Dylan hadn’t napped much all day, she had been on the move constantly, she went to bed late, yet within 90 minutes of closing her eyes, she was awake again and wasn’t going to settle down easily. We tried everything. We rocked, we tossed and turned (all of us), then rocked some more. Nothing would satisfy her but to have me, “mama”, within a poke-in-the-eye distance. She would reach for my arms and hold tightly. She would lay across my chest and be still, but if I even thought of taking a deep breath, she would begin to stir.
As I sat upright in the rocking chair unable to sleep while she finally caught a few winks, I began to feel something beyond the exhaustion that was beginning to set in. She had an overwhelming day and wanted her mama. She needed me close, and only then was she able to calm down for awhile. I’ve felt that very same thing in the arms of our Heavenly Father. Days I am anxious, overly tired, stressed, or perhaps not even sure what I’m feeling other than to know that I need His comforting embrace to know He’s with me.
We do everything we can for our children, but our earthly bodies do tire. To know God does not, that He never leaves our side and will always be there to hold us close in times of joy, trial and our day to day everyday felt so real as my arms were falling asleep underneath her. We were created to rely on God’s strength, wisdom, and enveloping comfort, not our own which all can fade quickly. Settled into His arms is a beautiful place to be. One that can’t be replaced, and just like mama’s arms to a baby, His love is the one thing that will truly satisfy and comfort us.
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable. (ESV)