Monday, August 10, 2009

I need you

“Mommy, I need you!” The toddler grabs my cheeks in his hands and pulls my face toward his.

“Mom? Can you help me?” Twin A. calls out an hour later. With his broken arm, it’s hard to navigate the dark upstairs to use the bathroom.

Never mind that it’s the middle of the night.

Have you ever noticed how children don’t ever consider what may be convenient for a parent? They never think, “Wow. It’s 2 a.m. Maybe I should just try to deal with this terrible nightmare by myself.” Of course not. (Or at least not in my house!) They cry and call out for mom or dad, and one of us shows up at their bedside.

I’m so reluctant to ask for help from anyone—friend, neighbor, even God Himself. I try to do as much as I can on my own before I even think to ask for help. And yet I believe God delights in our childlike trust when we call out to Him first.

I didn’t do much for the toddler in the middle of the night. I let him hold my face for a few minutes as he said, “I need you, I need you, I need you.” I told him he’d be fine and gave him a kiss and told him to go back to sleep. That’s all.

Sometimes it’s enough just to know we’re not alone—especially when we feel needy.

How can you reach out for help this week? Do you trust that God will be present with you as you cry out to Him?


PattyK said...

Love this post, LM. "Sometimes it's enough just to know we're not alone. . ." You said it!

ChosenRebel said...

Pray for a friend who needs to know they aren't alone in the loss of their five year old to luekemia.

MamaToo said...

wow - so appropriate in timing. I was in "conversation" with God the other day, and could sense his big, Papa chuckle with me and a loving voice say, "dear, beloved, daughter, you have much to learn about receiving grace and help."
LM - I think of you often, and am grateful that you take the time to share your perspectives and wisdom online. Thank you.