I’ll never forget the night my 7 year old son, Micah, was just a baby, and I was up feeding him. It was horrible. I was anxious, worried, afraid of what the future held for my precious little boy. He was so little, so innocent, so helpless! My heart just broke thinking of all these terrible things, which he could one day suffer.
Needless to say, I did not sleep well that night at all.
The next morning was no better. I still felt this fear just holding onto me, this anxiety that would not let go. I knew I had only so much control over what would happen to my son and it scared me.
But that morning again while nursing Micah, I found myself humming an old hymn. Not even aware that the words were going through my mind, until I came to this line “How sweet to hold a newborn baby and feel the pride and joy he gives. But greater still the calm assurance this child can face uncertain days because He lives. Because He lives I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future. And life is worth the living just because He lives.”
I can’t promise my kids that they won’t suffer. But I can introduce them to the One who can redeem and use their suffering.
I can’t promise my kids that bad things won’t happen to them. But I can promise them that they won’t walk through the fire alone.
Because Jesus lives, I have hope for my children, not only for eternity but also for the here and now. Because Jesus lives I can wake up every morning with peace, hope, and assurance. My God will carry us through the day. And not just me, but especially my children. Because Jesus lives…
Believer, may you never forget the truth that Jesus lives. And may you always live with the assurance that because Jesus lives so can you. He holds your life, your future in His hands. And He is a good God, even during those hard nights.