I heard the WHAM and winced. My son had whacked his big toddler head into a dresser. The guttural wail that rose from my sons throat indicated both pain and frustration.
He was more angry than hurt. Putting on pants like a big kid is hard.
Regardless, I scooped him up into my arms, holding the full weight of his body, and his emotions, against mine. He pressed in closer for comfort and assurance. I patted his back and whispered in his ear.
Then he did something that surprised me. He patted my back in return.
This unexpected, sweet moment has stuck with me. His gentle mimicking of my motions. His chubby hand finding rhythm against my shoulder blade. His sobs quieting as his body relaxed.
In the intensity of my own hurt or frustration, Jesus does the same for me. He scoops me up in his abounding grace. He presses a rhythm of truth to my heart:
You are loved, unconditionally. (Psalm 86:15)
I cherish you. (Zephaniah 3:17)
I won’t let you go. (John 10:29)
This too shall pass. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)
You will get through this, whole and victorious. (Romans 8:37-39)
I understand what you are going through. (Hebrews 4:15)
I want to respond like my son, leaning fully into Jesus’ care, anchoring myself there when the tides of my emotions overwhelm me.
I want to mimic the rhythm of truth which Jesus taps like morse-code onto my heart. I want to tap-tap-tap that same truth over my circumstance, my attitude, my temptation, my fears, my doubts. I want to share it with others who, like me, keep banging our heads against our proverbial dressers.
Perhaps this is why I write. It is one precious way to repeat and absorb the rhythms of comfort and truth Jesus gives me.
Discovering a way to echo God’s truth is crucial for all of us. We need it to reverberate and penetrate those walls we put up in frustration. This is how we will find comfort, healing, and wholeness to keep going.
This is how, like my son, we will have the courage and strength to put on our big kid pants again. God doesn’t promise it to be easy, but He does promise to be with us, every step of the way.
The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8
Whether you journal, blog, take pictures and write simple captions, teach others formally or just bring it up in casual conversation, I urge you this week to find a way to echo the comfort and truth you’ve received from the Lord. Then look to discover the truth embedded deeper in your own heart.