Before I launch into today’s post, I want to say that the winner of my BFF Club drawing will be announced at the end and thanks to those of you BFFs (Blessed Friends Forever) who entered!
Okay, let me ask you a question, my friend. Comfort: Where do you find it?
One of my earliest memories is being rocked by my granny in her porch rocker on a stormy day in north Georgia when I was terrified by the bluster of a sudden thunderstorm rolling across the open fields.
Another warm memory is of my son as a little boy, when he would often stand before me, his little blond head drooping and his eyes teary over some calamity of childhood, and trustingly request, “Rock me a little bit, Mommy. Rock me a little bit.”
One of my favorite family photos is of my husband as a new father, a befuddled look upon his weary face as he tried to figure out how to comfort our squalling infant daughter decades ago in the very same rocking chair as the photo above.
For me, like many of you, the past few years have brought moments when I needed comforting. When I desperately needed more than anything to crawl up in the lap of someone that I knew loved me, someone I trusted implicitly, whose warm, strong arms I could feel wrapped around me, whose chest I could press my face against and hear the steady ka-bump, ka-bump, ka-bump of their heartbeat slowing the racing panic of my own.
Someone I earnestly believed could make a difference.
And that someone has turned out to be Papa God.
Both my parents are gone now, and I’m too big to fit in anyone’s lap. But not Papa God’s. His lap is as big as all of His creation and heart never stops beating. I have learned to run to Him in my distress. His arms are always outstretched. He settles me into His big old wooden rocking chair and softly croons Amazing Grace as he finger-combs my messy hair while the creak of the rocker calms my anxious heart.
Sometimes we just need to turn to Him in the middle of our angst and trustingly request, “Rock me a little bit, Papa. Rock me a little bit.”
How about you, my friend? Where do find comfort?
Congrats to Christina Blevins, winner of my BFF Club Giveaway! Christina wins a gift package including a cool tee imblazened with the words, “Simply Blessed,” as well as a copy of my novel, The Distant Shore, and some other awesome surprises! Christina, PM me your mailing address and I’ll get that prize package out to you ASAP.