The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

The smell of sour milk overwhelmed my senses the moment I opened my daughter’s bedroom door. As I neared her crib, I could see she had been sick; the mess was everywhere. A wave of panic rolled over me followed immediately by a wave of compassion. I quickly set into action, reaching into the crib and drawing my daughter out, placing her feverish body against my chest. My presence calmed her and I felt her relax as we rocked. Soon she was in clean pajamas, her bed stripped and cleaned, and my own soiled clothes replaced with fresh ones.

It was heartbreaking to see my sweet girl sick for the first time. It was terrifying to feel helpless against her stomach bug. Yet through the memory of that night, I can clearly see the beautiful way in which the Lord comes to us in the middle of our own mess.

And I am certainly a mess, right now. Between a virus I cannot predict, uncertainty I cannot see past, and civil unrest I cannot fully comprehend, my prayers these days sound a lot like a child crying out for her father. Thankfully, He is a Father who is mighty to save!

He is Jehovah Rapha, “The Lord Who Heals”, and He is never out of control. Whether we come before Him with a feverish child or a fretting heart, He is faithful to draw us close. His presence reassures us. His love quiets us. And when we are faced with a battle we cannot wage, our Father fights for us.

Press on, Mama,

Mary Kathryn Tiller

More Moments in the Word:

Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. Psalm 30:2

Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion Psalm 103:2-4

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear. 1 John 4:18a

To Consider this Week:

What is causing you to fear this week? Find some time to tell those things to the Lord. Lay it all out there, mama- He is not afraid of our mess.

Ask Him to draw near to you and quiet you with His Love. Ask Him for ears to hear the song He is singing over you.

Take note over the course of the week- how did He answer that prayer? What did you hear and sense from Him?

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