Hello Abundant Life Family, “Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion , and the God of all comfort.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
We all need compassion, and comfort. May we always have the wisdom to know where we find them – without fail. I share with you a quick story of where I witnessed the receiving of comfort by a couple of two year-olds.
One of our next door neighbors was going through a rough time with her health a few years ago. But… she insisted that her sickness would not come before her two grandchildren. She was determined to tend her two year old grandbabies while their parents worked, and she DID, no matter how she felt physically.
One day my wife asked me to take some food over to this neighbor…or maybe I was returning a dish that this neighbor had sent food in to my wife as she was also under the weather…don’t remember exactly. Anyway, I rang the doorbell, and Yolanda, the neighbor, came to the door. I gave her the dish, and she invited me in for a few minutes. Immediately Yolanda began coughing and could not stop. Both of the little ones were clinging to her because they did not know me well. I told Yolanda if she wanted to get a drink of water, I would wait for her. She quickly turned and ran to the kitchen telling the little ones to wait with me. Of course they were apprehensive. The little girl kept her distance from me, but she handled it pretty well. (Wouldn’t you know it? The female being so reasonable and all?) as she just stood back and observed, even though I will say you could tell by the look on her face that she did not trust me. At all! Her precious little cousin, the little boy, however handled it differently, and I felt sorry for him as he was more than frightened when his grandmother left the room. He just walked over to the sofa, and buried his face in one of the cushions…and then sobbed quietly as he seemed so upset that his grandmother was out of his sight.
I tried to comfort him to no avail, explaining that his grandmother would be right back. He was having NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING, to do with me. Finally, Yolanda’s coughing ceased, and she came back into the room to visit with me. When she did, both little ones ran to her side and “grabbed a leg”, holding onto their grannie. Only about two seconds passed, and the little boy changed his tune completely. He smiled through the tears running down that little face, and with a big wave of his hand toward me, he said, “Hi”. No more fear…no more crying! He was willing to face his fear now because he knew his grandmother was with him. The important thing was that she was at his side, and as little as he was, he knew he could trust her with anything.
HE KNEW HER LOVE! HE KNEW HER LOVE…AS THAT FACT BEARS REPEATING. And that alone made everything right in his little world.
Sometimes we have to wait. That waiting may be in uncomfortable surroundings – maybe with people we do not know. But if we ‘know the love’ of our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, we know He has it all under control. That He is working everything for our good – though we may not can see what He is doing. When we ‘know His love’, we know He will never forsake us, and He will never give up on us. We know He loves us unconditionally, and nothing can separate that love from us. Let us ask ourselves, “DO WE KNOW HIS LOVE?” Are we able to be comforted by His presence knowing that ‘all is well’ in His love? The two year-olds were comforted by the presence of love.
Let us ask the Holy Spirit to confirm without question that Love in our hearts, and in our spirit, and be forever comforted by His presence in our lives. Let us ask Him to lead us to that wonderful knowledge that in all reality He is standing right there beside us. And as the kids did, “GRAB A LEG, OR A HAND”, and hang on for it is the Lord who is our safe place, our comfort, no matter what we are going through. We can count on the fact that He has us, and always will. “He will never leave us or forsake us.” That is His promise. That is truth. Let us rejoice in that truth, and live in His peace and compassion, and comfort.