“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you…” – Isaiah 66:13, NIV
When Hope was a toddler, she had a fear of the dark after an older sibling accidentally let her see a scary movie. Her mom Cindy would put her little one to bed, only to have her up a few minutes later, asking her mom to check for monsters.
Each time Hope asked, Cindy would put down her crossword puzzle to come check. Cindy would look under the bed, in the closet, and anywhere else her daughter wanted her to investigate. Again and again, Cindy was patient, remembering how fearful she’d been as a child, too.
Eventually, Hope grew into a teen. Because of the sweet relationship, Cindy had nurtured, her daughter would come to her for advice and guidance on just about everything.
One night, Hope called out to her in the night. Cindy stumbled from her bed and went to comfort her child. The girl was upset over some cruel text messages she’d received. Cindy stayed up most of the night, talking with her daughter and encouraging her.
Just as Cindy always ran to reassure her child, God does the same thing for His children. It doesn’t matter if you call on Him in the middle of the blackest night or the deepest distress of your life, God will always come to comfort you, His precious child.
God, thank You for the gift of Your presence. You never leave me on my own. You come to me when I’m sad, discouraged, or in need. Thank You for that! In Jesus’ name, Amen.