Sunday 26th March: a day that changed mine and Becky’s lives! Judah was born. Rushing to the hospital in the early hours to join Becky after I had been sent home as nothing was going to happen until tomorrow. Within a few hours we met our little man! What an incredible blessing he is.
The next day we brought him home, filled with joy but also to be honest a bit scared. We have done a little bit of babysitting etc but then we could always hand the children back! But this time we were responsible. Such a small vulnerable little boy and we had to care for him. No longer is it quite as scary but a beautiful adventure of being parents.
With the joys of Judah sleeping, laughing, developing is of course intermingled with crying. Early on when soothing Judah I remember without much thought as I held him close saying, “It’s ok, Daddy’s here.” One night as I held my boy reassuring him with the phrase I had become accustomed to using, “It’s ok, daddy’s here,” I had such a significant moment. What I knew in my head was true, I began to grasp that bit more. God gave a nudge and said, “It’s ok, Daddy’s here.” In that moment I had this beautiful vision fill my mind of being in the arms of my heavenly Father. Who in my joys and sorrows affirms the truth, “It’s ok, Daddy’s here.”
I am reminded of King David in Psalm 139 where he declares: “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” David knows that God is always with him and there is no where we can go where He is not. I wonder what difference it would make if we truly grasped the truth that we are not alone. That God is with us where ever we are, what ever circumstance. That our God is Emmanuel. God with us!
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
Psalm 139 v 7
Maternity leave is great in so many ways for mothers nurturing their newborn for those precious early days. But it also comes with the financial challenges of maternity pay. There have been a few times in the last couple of months when the truth of “It’s ok, Daddy’s here” has been beautiful lens to see our finances through.
In the highs and lows of parenting, in the joys of seeing Judah develop but also in the middle of the night (although to be honest Becky does 90% of the nights shifts) when sleep is a real commodity. Or those times when you don’t really know what you are doing when your little man is beside himself in tears as he has a temperature and the calpol hasn’t kicked in. In every high and low I am learning to have the perspective that, “It’s ok, Daddy’s here.”
I wonder what challenges you face? What questions you are asking about your future? What keeps you up at night? What situations you are struggling to see hope in?
Remember this, “It’s ok, Daddy’s here.” Your heavenly Father knows you and loves you. God is with you. He won’t leave or forsake you. Now this may not change your circumstances. But I believe it will start to change your perspective as you change the lens you see your circumstances though. When you remember the truth that you are not alone.
“It’s ok, Daddy’s here.”
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.’
Deuteronomy 31 v
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