A quick reminder this Christmas that God doesn’t leave us. I was reminded of this over and over again during the past few weeks. My children have been sick and running fevers as they usually seem to do over the holidays. It gets so frustrating to see them pass their illness around like a hot potato. It almost never works out so that they’re all sick and then done within a few days and then we can move on with life. One kid gets sick and then the other and then another and so on. Seriously! Lets just get it over with. I digress. My lesson came from a certain symptom my son has developed while he has a fever.
Though common, night terror symptoms are terrifying for the child experiencing them as well as the parent trying to console him. If you look it up, you’ll learn that the best thing to do is keep them in their beds, don’t touch them, don’t hold them, just speak soothingly and gently as they scream out bloody murder. Doesn’t sound easy does it?
It’s amazing how I can be sitting in a time like that and God will speak to me. It’s also really cool how you can often hear God’s voice over the sound of your child’s terrified screams. I had the realization tonight that sometimes God has to sit by as we go through the terrors of life. Cheezy, I know, but think about it. How often have you gone through something difficult and not even known God was there only to realize after it was all over that He was looking out for you the entire time.
As my son lays in bed and screams “NO NO NO AAAAHHHRRRGGGG!” I don’t touch him. I don’t intervene, I just tell him everything is ok. I assure him of what he really, truly already knows. The tricky thing is that he is technically still asleep during these night terrors so he barely even knows I’m there. In fact, I make the room as dark as possible while I sit with him because I can’t stand to see the look he gets when he looks through me belting out his terrified scream. He doesn’t see me there, he doesn’t know I’m even watching out for him, but I am.
I sit and make sure he stays in bed. I make sure he isn’t too hot (overheating will cause night terrors, hence him getting them with a fever.) I make sure everything is dark so he doesn’t “see” something that makes it worse. He may not realize it but I was there all along.
Not only did I consider the fact that God was with me through all of those times but I wondered if maybe, just maybe, He felt for me the way I feel for my boy as he goes through this. Maybe he does. Maybe every scream hurts and every time He says it’s ok and I don’t act like I believe Him it breaks His heart a little. I don’t know, maybe not but it sure did cause me to consider how I let my fears and failures determine my belief and my faith.
What do you experience in life that terrifies you?
Have you ever wondered where God is during those times?
Do you think He “feels” with us when we suffer or hurt?
Let’s converse in the comments section below and please share with those you love.
– KM Prince
Author: Michael Prince
Michael Prince co-authored “What’s in Your Pocket? A parent’s guide to protecting your children online.” with his wife Melinda. They have four kids and live in an RV anywhere in the USA they see the need for an internet safety expert. Michael is leading the conversation in the American Church about family online security. He and Melinda founded BecauseFamily, a ministry that exists to inspire and equip parents to be the first influence in the lives of their children, in 2013. Michael is also a geek and loves Star Wars, Doctor Who, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and strategy board games.