“Ian get the keys!” I yelled as I ran back to the campsite.
I had just watched our two-year-old son fall off the top of a playground ladder and bust his lip open. I managed to hold him close and comfort him a bit while my husband packed our entire camp site up in ten minutes.
The next few minutes were a blur as my amazing mom met us outside the hospital to take the other kids and Ian and I walked into our families first ER visit.
Our son managed to stop crying after hours of waiting for the doctor who eventually told us that they needed to stitch our little one’s lip up.
This sure was a surprise ending to our annual family camping trip. We vulnerably and nervously backed away as the doctors and nurses wrapped him in what looked like a straight jacket. Then, they covered his face with a cloth exposing only his lips and told us to hold him down.
Ethan, my helpless son, started sobbing, screaming, grunting, and begging for my help during the procedure. It was horrible. The more he moved the more we had to restrain him and force him to stay still. He cried out in the most innocent scared voice, “Mom where are you, I can’t see you.” I kept reassuring him that we WERE helping him even though it hurt and he couldn’t see us. I whispered in his ear over and over again, “I know this hurts I am right here with you. I know you can’t see me right now, but I am here listen to the sound of my voice, focus on my voice.”
I began to think of how often we beg and plead for God to help us, all the while He IS helping us for our good. Even if we can’t see how, even when we can’t see Him or what He is doing, He always let’s us know how His heart bends towards us in His Word. He is never inactive, never silent. He never slumbers, never sleeps. Never says oops. He always has our best in mind and we can always trust Him. He is our Perfect Father and He is always here to help us!! He is more than worthy of our trust.
Once the trauma (which seemed like hours but was probably more like five minutes) was over, my husband and I sat stunned. Without many words exchanged we eventually picked the other kids up and went to get our rock star of a toddler a well deserved milkshake. Life went on as usual.
Are you having a hard time seeing where God is right now and what He is doing? Our tendency would be to focus on what He is not doing and lose faith. Don’t let that happen. Open His word right now and find a promise from Him to you in your current situation. Flip through the book of Psalms until you find your heart’s cry expressed on paper! He is whispering to you in this moment, “Even though you can’t see Me, I’m here, focus on my voice.”
Redefined by Grace,