Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
Our second granddaughter, Savannah Jane, turned six-months-old on October 27th. After a touch-and-go first month of life, this little one is thriving beyond all expectations, and we are all so grateful for the progress she has made, and for the incredible bond she has forged with her dad, John, her sister, Virginia Rose, and, especially, her mother, my daughter, Sarah.
As we watch her grow and change, we marvel anew at the stages infants tackle in their journey to become mobile toddlers. Savannah can now roll over on her own, sit up with the aid of her special seat, and is even exploring the new and tasty world of solid foods. And, her chuckling, contagious laugh? It's music to our ears!
Several days ago, Sarah sends me a text which has me reeling in utter surprise. It seems, she had gone to take a shower, leaving Savannah under the watchful eyes of John and Virginia. Savannah, content in the moment, suddenly grows anxious and begins to search frantically about for her missing mother.
"Mama!" she cries out. "Mama!"
First word!!! And, not the one we would expect in the least, being a difficult one to sound out at six-months! John is beside himself when he hears Savannah calling for Sarah, and tells her about it the minute she emerges from the bathroom. Of course, once Savannah sees her mother, all pleas cease. Mom is here. Mom will provide. Mom knows best what I need and want. Mom is here!
Savannah Jane has yet to repeat this one episode of verbal expression. She has no need to in light of her mother's constant presence. Savannah knows the love and comfort only her mom can provide for her and she rests in that promise.
Are you resting in the love and comfort which only our Father, our Abba, can provide?
Prayer: Father, we too often forget that we are Your children in need of Your lap, Your comfort, and the warmth of Your loving arms. We think we know it all and can do it all until we discover we have strayed from Your will for us. Help us to daily cry, "Abba!" Let us cling in faith to You, our only true source of strength and comfort. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.