I took John Mason to the doctor. He's been waking...and crying...a lot a night. I was worried that he might have an ear infection. Well, no, thank goodness. His ears are fine. "He's in perfect health, so maybe it's time for some tough love," says the doctor. Tough love...that is SO hard. Let him cry. That is SO VERY hard. "Check on him every 10 minutes so that he doesn't feel abandoned. Don't touch him or pick him up," she continues, "Just tell him it's night-night time. Time to go to sleep." I know I went through this with my girls...but they were easier to get to sleep. It wasn't this hard.
I think of all the times the Lord has shown me "tough love." He's letting me work it out - often times crying and squalling - waiting on Him to bring perfect peace. All the while sending me mercy - those whispers of His voice to comfort me so that I don't feel abandoned.
8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8 (New International Version)
Thank you, Father, for my children. Thank you for your mercy and grace. Thank you for the promise that you will never leave me or forsake me. Thank you for letting John Mason fall asleep tonight on his own.
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