“I got you buddy” I whispered in his ear… It’s all he wanted, it’s all he needed… to be held that close, to be rocked slowly and to be embraced tightly. I mean, how do you explain teething to a 10 month old? All he knew was that he was hurting and he didn’t know why. He had no words to say and even if he did, no words to express it. All he knew is that he didn’t feel good and the only thing that was going to bring him comfort was being close to daddy. It reminded me of when I started hitting puberty. So much emotion, so much feeling, so much discomfort, pain and even rage… yet no words to say and no way to express it except through angst. And at the end of the day, I had a choice. I could let him sit there and suffer without explanation, or I could pick him up, or hold him close and whisper to him… “it’s ok, no matter what your going through… I got you buddy.”
It reminds me of how much, even though we don’t see ourselves as teens or babies… in so many ways we are. As adults we get to experience new pains, new discomforts, new emotions and new hurting, new rage. More often than not, we think that we are alone in this and that no one understands us or that no one can bring us comfort. The reality is, all we want is someone to pick us up, to hold us tightly and to whisper in our ear! This is where prayer comes in, honest, heart wrenching prayer. Often times it’s prayer without words because all we feel is pain and we have no way to describe it except through tears and groans. Did you know that God is praying with you?
Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”
I can think of no other verse to share with you. The Holy Spirit is praying with you when all you need to do is be held. The Spirit himself intercedes for us when all we want is to hear him whisper in our ear “I’ve got you, my child” so that we no longer have to say a word.
Today, please take time to say a prayer, to whisper words in your heart that are too hard to say out loud. Cry out! Let God know your pain, your suffering, your discomfort and your rage. Even if you don’t use words. Because HE IS THERE! and He is praying with you, offering up the words we no longer can find. He is there… always, to hold and to comfort, and always to remind us and that we are HIS children.