But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. ~Psalms 131:2, ESV
He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. ~ Isaiah 40:11, ESV
Liam is a good baby. I mean crazy good. (I still write that despite listening to him cry himself back to sleep right now and having endured a month of sleepless nights.) Whenever I pick him up it doesn’t matter if he’s whimpering, crying, or in a full blown melt down, he stops. Immediately. This has only not been the case three times in his life.
Watching the immediate calm that comes over Liam when I pick him up, has given me a very clear picture of how God wants us to respond to him as he holds us. When we are sad or scared, God longs to comfort me just like I comfort Liam. And just as Liam calms instantly when I hold him, God wishes for the same type of peace, no, an even deeper, far reaching peace to encompass me as He holds me.
As I think about Liam’s calmness when I hold him, the song Forever Reign by Hillsong United keeps coming to mind.
1 Hosea 11:1-4; Isaiah 49:15-16
2 Matthew 23:37; Luke 13:34
3 Matthew 18:3