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Friday, July 8, 2011

I AM Listening

Scripture to reflect upon: Genesis 3:14
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” (My study bible explains: “I AM—the name by which God wished to be known and worshiped in Israel—the name that expressed his character as the dependable and faithful God who desires the full trust of his people.")

Our son Tavin is suffering from a sickly summer cold. He’s been sneezing and wheezing, his poor little nose is constantly running, his eyes are watering, and yesterday the coughing started. Not just a little cough; but the kind that turns his face blue because he can’t breathe.

Yesterday afternoon during his nap I heard him coughing uncontrollably, and suddenly he began to cry. When I walked in, I noticed he had coughed so hard that he threw up. Tavin hasn’t thrown up since he was a baby, so this was a bit unnerving for him.

Later in the evening, after we put Tavin down for the night, Jared and I were sharing our experiences of the day, as we usually do. Through the wall I could hear Tavin begin to cough. I stopped listening to Jared and focused on Tavin’s coughing. I wanted to see if it would escalate again. Jared noticed what I was doing and stopped talking. I listened closely for a few more minutes and then it happened. Tavin panicked and began to cry.

I immediately got up and went to him. I picked him up out of his crib and comforted him. He instantly stopped coughing and nearly collapsed in my arms. I sat with him in the oversized chair in his room and began to sing to him. Jared got his medicine and I began to pray over him. Tavin was content in my arms. He didn’t move. He just cuddled in my arms and listened to me.

While I was sitting there with him, I realized that this is how God works, too. He’s always listening closely. He may not be there at the first sign of our cough [insert your own cries], but He pays attention to it. He stops everything and keeps listening, waiting for that precise moment when we can no longer do it on our own. We may ask, “God, where are You?”, but He’s waiting for that gasping kind of cough that leaves us breathless to rescue us. And once He's picked us up, we should rest and find comfort in His strong, loving arms.

I didn’t run immediately to get Tavin just because I heard him cough a little. I ran to him when he needed me; when it got out of control and he couldn’t handle it anymore. If I ran to him at every little cough, he’d never learn how to cope with the cold on his own.  

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? Hebrews 12:7.

NOTE TO SELF: The great I AM is always listening closely. He is dependable and faithful to come to our rescue during our greatest times of need. I will trust God to always be there in the nick of time.

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