My daughter, Carley, goes on lots of weekend camping trips with her girl scout troop. She’s got a wonderful troop leader, so I don’t worry about her too much when she’s gone. But, I also keep my phone nearby when she, or any of the kids are away from home, just in case.
On this recent trip, that “just in case” became reality when, in the middle of the night, my phone rang. And, you guessed it. It was Carley’s troop leader on the phone. Apparently, Carley had developed a sore throat and an ear ache during the night and it had gotten so bad that she couldn’t sleep. She just wanted to come home.
So, I got out of bed and hit the road at 3 AM to get my sick kid. Her illness wasn’t life threatening and she certainly would have made it through the night if I had chosen to stay home and go back to sleep. In fact, at my request the troop leader gave her some Tylenol to help with the pain, and by the time I got to there she was already feeling much better. I found her bright-eyed, happily chatting away with her leader, sipping lemonade and eating Cheetos.
So, was I aggravated that I made a midnight ride to pick up a child who, now, looked pretty healthy? No, not at all. Instead, I was grateful that her troop leader had called and that I was able to come get her. She’s my daughter! I’d do anything in my power to comfort her and I want her to know that whenever she’s hurting and in need of help, that I’ll be there…no matter what time of day or night and no matter how seemingly big or small the problem.
As children of God, isn’t it comforting to know that we also have a devoted, loving parent who waits for our call for help? Just like any caring mom or dad wouldn’t want their children to endure painful times on their own, God doesn’t want us to suffer alone either. He’s not concerned with the size of the problem or whether or not you’re the one who caused it in the first place.
Be encouraged by Psalm 46:1- God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
So, what’s hurting you right now? Take it to your heavenly father with the assurance that he does not want you to face this by yourself and he doesn’t want you to seek comfort in the wrong places. Cry out to Him, and he will answer, even in the middle of the night. After all, there’s no wiser counsel to seek, no broader shoulder to cry on, no stronger arms to fall into than those of our Father God.