“We need love’s tender lessons,
taught as only weakness can.
God has His small interpreters,
the child must teach the man.”
God recently used one of our children at the orphanage to remind our intern, Jessica, about His enormous love for her…
Have you ever comforted a freightened child?
A few nights ago we watched Beauty and the Beast with all the kids at Alex’s House. A precious story, but it scared Wislove and Widena out of their minds. Through the whole movie, both girls were acting a little strange, but we really didn’t think anything of it. When it was time for the girls to go to sleep, Shersty carried Wislove to bed, and I followed behind a few minutes later with Widena.
Once I entered their room, I laid Widena in her crib and glanced over to check on Wislove. Her eyes were wide open and a little tear trickled down her cheek. I asked:
“Wislove, poukisa ou kriye?” (Wislove, why are you crying?)
She gave no verbal response, but looked into my eyes with sheer terror reflected in hers. So, I asked again:
“Eske ou tris?” (Are you sad?)
“Non…..,” Wislove said quietly.
“Eske ou pe?” (Are you scared?)
“Wi,” she says while more tears begin streaming down her face.
I quickly scooped her up and told her she was safe. I walked out to the front of the room, Wislove in my arms, to find the rocking chair. Within minutes of sitting down while rocking to and fro, I hear a whimpering voice from the other side of the wall:
“Jessica. Mwen pe tou.” (Jessica. I’m scared too.)
It was Widena, who alone in the room had became scared too. Thankfully, Shersty, who heard her from outside, came to the rescue. With Widena taken care of, I returned my attention on Wislove.
As she snuggled into my arms in the rocking chair, I quietly began singing, hoping to calm her anxious and scared spirit. As I sang, slowly her death grip on my arm began to relax. Within minutes, she was asleep. But I held on to her anyway, continuing to rock and cherishing every moment of her peacefully sleeping in my arms.
As I sat holding her, I began thinking about God’s love for me. How many times in my life have I been scared and neglected to take comfort in the Lord? Often when I have been scared, I have tried to calm my fear in my own strength. Little did I realize the Lord was standing beside me waiting to take me into His lap and tell me I was safe.
During the minutes of rocking Widena, I was reminded of God’s great mercy and love for His children. How blessed are we, as Christians, to have such a wonderful and faithful loving Father waiting to scoop us up in His lap?