The past few days have been uncomfortable for the little one, due to teething. Today, I realized I have not prayed for strength for him navigate this period. I prayed as soon as it came to mind and I am glad I serve a God I can talk to about my child’s teething experience.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
One of the blessings of staying at home with the little ones is the privilege to support them during seasons of transition. The past few days have made me more grateful for this stay-at-home season. As we navigate this teething season, I am thankful that:
I get to hold the little one and comfort him for the most part of the day. He gets the individualized care that he needs.
I get to be there for him or be present with him.
I am thankful that being available for the little one doesn’t feel inconvenient to me. God brought me to this emotional and spiritual state, and I do not take it for granted.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)
As I reflect on the teething experience- the discomfort the little one feels and the comfort I am privileged to provide, I can see God’s comfort and presence amid challenging seasons.
Also, I see that the period before a good transition or breakthrough can be uncomfortable. Yet, the discomfort or challenges prepares one for growth and access to a greater level of human/spiritual experience.
Like I am present with the little one in this season of discomfort, I can see God being present with me each time I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. God is always there for me. Like the little one reaches out for me to carry him and comfort him, I must be humble enough to reach out, arms wide open and receive God’s comfort.
When I run away from discomfort, I miss opportunities for growth. When I try to pray away every discomfort, I miss the opportunity to learn from each season of discomfort.
What does discomfort look like for you this season? Please remember, God has given us a comforter, the Holy Spirit. Reach out and ask for strength to navigate this season. Also, as God to help you see purpose in your discomfort.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (KJV)
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
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