It was a weekend for the books. Chad realized that he was getting another kidney stone. As he started chugging gallons of water and went to the doctor to get some medicine that might keep him out of the emergency room, we found out Sawyer had tonsillitis. Antibiotics, Mucinex, breathing treatments. One night of coughing until 3 am. Then, Emerald started vomiting. That’s right, she came down with something DIFFERENT than Sawyer had. Sitting up until, yep, 3 am, trying to catch vomit in a bowl.
Yippee for the weekend!
Unless the weekend kind of stinks.
Now I’m Lysoling the entire house, thanking God that, at this moment, the stone has passed, no one is coughing, no one is vomiting. As far as I can tell, the kids are having another great day at school, Emerald is blissfully napping, and Chad is enjoying lunch with a new friend from church. And, I, mother-who-catches-vomit-in-her-bare-hands, am sitting comfortably on the couch, appreciating the fresh scent of Lysol that is wafting from every corner of my house.
Have you been there? In those 3am moments? When it feels like the whole world is sleeping soundly, but you are up wringing your hands or watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with a miserable baby or crying out to God that He will take away your pain, take away your child’s pain, hear you when He feels so far away? Have you laid in bed with eyes wide open, picturing all the ways you should be doing more, being more? Have you had a middle-of-the-night panic session?
In those dark, dark moments, dark sky, dark house, dark mind, it can be so hard to feel like God is near. It can seem impossible, what you’re facing. It can get the best of you.
If you let it.
But, why do we give the best of ourselves to worry, doubt, fear, when there is only One worthy of our best? Why spend so much of our energy, time, thinking power, spiritual well-being, deep soul strength, on all of the unknowns and the questions and the nerves? Because there are plenty of things that we know, if we believe God’s word.
We know He is good. Psalm 136:1
We know He is in control. Proverbs 16:9
We know that He loves us. John 3:16
We know that He doesn’t change. Hebrews 13:8
We know that He is working things out. Romans 8:28
And, even while we know all of these things, all it takes is one little bump in the road to make us panic. We had plans that didn’t work out. We had goals that were never met. We were disappointed by someone again.
What always shocks me about myself is how TINY the problems can be that send me reeling. Oh, me of little faith.
But, God sees my weakness. He isn’t shocked by it, nor is He disgusted by it. Instead, He works in His amazing ways to change my thinking, to make me want more of Him. To help me, in those 3am moments, when I am so tired, when I am so worn out in every way, to sing His praises. To look on the face of my sick little baby and worship God because she is here. And because He is so very present, even when I don’t acknowledge it.
He helps me rub my little boy’s back, through the breathing treatments, overwhelming me with the power of God’s love for me. His love, which powered my love for Chad and his for me, which powered our love for these precious ones. And, at 3am, when my eyes are only half open, my heart is opened to His great love, the source of all love, and the reason that life is worth living.
Oh, He is good. At 3 am. At the best times and the worst times. When I can see His hand and when I feel lost. He is still there. He is still good.
He is still God.
I am filled with emotion. Thank you for such a profound message that we so often forget. You bring us back to Cross, which is where we need to be all of the time and aren’t
Thank you so much for this comment, Robert! You’re right–we are so quick for forget how good He really is. Sometimes I write just to remind myself. 🙂
Laura Lacey Johnson
Thank you. I needed this reminder….even though it is 9:30am. 😉
Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Natalie! 🙂
This is the first time I am on your site, I got the link from Challies.com. This is exactly what my wife and I are going through right now, with 2 daughters who decided to have night time tantrums together. We know God, we know the Gospel, we know He is in control, we know Romans 8:28 and yet when those moments come our limited minds look at the situation and get depressed over little things. Thank you for the article, it reminds us that we are not alone and that God is still faithful even when we are not.
Hi, Raz! Thanks for your comment! Parenting can be a tough business. I hope you and your wife get some rest soon!
Got here from Tim Challies’ blog- he is my older brother:). Love this post!
Maryanne, thank you so much for your comment! I feel honored! 🙂
I just loved this post! So encouraging! Thank you!
Thank you so much for this comment, Megan! 🙂
Thank you so much for this post! I am only 5 days postpartum with a sweet baby girl, and have two more under 5 on breathing treatments and battling sickness. Whew, the last few days have been so rough. I am praying! And trying to keep the Word at the front of things. Thank you for pointing me to the cross. So encouraging!
Heather, you poor thing! I’m so sorry y’all are having a rough time! Praying that God fills you with His peace even while things feel chaotic. He is near! 🙂
So emotional story. Tears came out from my eyes at the time of reading.