Yes, in my classic Bobbi style I have paired a picture and verse that do not really seem to go together...but stick with me...I'll explain. Well, I'll try anyway...*smile*
This passage of scripture keeps coming up lately...and I sort of take that as God repeating Himself. So, I've been thinking about the ways God has comforted me and then today I had a *aha moment* at Bible Study.
It started right when I pulled in...and a woman started unpacking her kids from the car...and her daughter started throwing up. I grabbed my box of car kleenex and jogged over and gave it to her. I expressed my sympathies and gave her the box (as a gift). I told her it would be okay. I've been there...the Mom desperate to get out of the house and yet required to put everyone but myself first. And that's just how it is sometimes. But God comforted me and sent other Moms to encourage me...and let me know that kids aren't sick forever (even if it feels like it) and that children are a blessing and that childhood is a short season of life.
Okay, now for why I chose a crying baby picture...About a half hour later...a baby was screaming in the foyer. Truthfully, that's rather uncommon... especially at the end of the year. My heart was gripped and I was moved to pray for that baby's MomE as, no doubt, her heart was torn and struggling at dealing with the situation. And do you know why the Holy Spirit could so poignantly impress that need to pray on me? Because, I've been there...the one with the screaming baby. I've been embarrassed and defeated and wondering what I was doing wrong. AND GOD COMFORTED ME...often using wonderful, Godly women who encouraged me to keep trying and keep coming. They prayed for me!!
On a technical note, I felt compassion and didn't actually comfort this mother. However, I did sign up to do childcare that first day of next year...when ALOT of babies will be crying and ALOT of MomEs will need comforting.
In studying the life of Jesus (especially His death and burial) I'm also comforted to understand that He very truly does understand my every grief and sorrow, temptation, embarrassment, etc. infinatum. I used to think, "Yeah, yeah...He's God, of course He "gets" it." But now I see that
He was perfectly God and Man. Luke 23:47 says he was the only "righteous man."
"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." Hebrew 4:15-16
So, how has God comforted you? How have you then comforted others?? When trials are happening and God offers you His comfort...remember it is a gift you can share!
From me personally, as a mother of young children...sometimes having a Godly woman come and tell me that she's been praying for me...well, it can be a great big comfort. So, if you pray for a young Mom...just gently tell her that you do...She'll feel a little less alone...and be reminded that God knows her every need.
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