I remember the birth of our first child like it happened yesterday.
She was born on her due date, following a mercifully manageable and unmedicated labor and delivery. Her first cry was strong and healthy, and Rev and I praised God and cried for joy as she cried over the overwhelming change of breath, sounds, and bright lights.
Over the next few days (yes, she was born back when they didn’t send you home the next day), she stayed in my room. I started to learn her unique personality as I cared for and soothed her.
The last night in the hospital the staff suggested I get a little extra sleep before beginning my 24/7 responsibilities and offered to take our girl to the nursery for the night. They promised to bring her in for feedings but in between – I could sleep.
As I was already tired both physically and emotionally, I agreed.
I could hear her crying.
On a floor filled with moms and newborns, I could hear my daughter’s cries.
I walked down the hall, approached the nursery door, knocked gently, and asked to have her back. They handed me my red-faced teary-eyed seven-and-a-half pound bundle and I whispered into her ear that I was with her and everything would be okay.
It only took a moment for her to relax against my chest as we wandered back to our room to rest.
When I think of that night, I’m reminded of how Scripture says…
God “hears my cries.”
But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from His sanctuary; my cry to Him reached His ears. Psalm 18:6
Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the Lord hears my voice. Psalm 55:17
Praise the Lord! For He has heard my cry for mercy. Psalm 28:6
My voice is not just a voice in the crowd and neither is yours.
The voices of God’s children cry out from all over the world . . . yet, He knows the person behind each voice and responds to every cry.
He always comes to soothe, comfort and care for the personal needs of each of His children.
Like my precious little one who was only comforted by the sound of the voice she was growing to count on; you and I are comforted by our Father, whose voice we can count on and trust.
It’s so easy for me to look around at life changes I don’t understand. I can get anxious and overwhelmed. At least that’s what happens when I forget to cry out. When I fail to remember how intimately my Father knows me.
You Need to Know How God Hears Your Cries
My cry is one of a kind in God’s ears and so is yours.
God knows you.
I loved the process of getting to know the unique character and personality of each of my children. But it took time. That the Father, my Creator, knows everything about me is amazing.
You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!
You made my whole being;
you formed me in my mother’s body.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered! Psalm 139:5–6, 13, 17
The very hairs on your head are all numbered. Matthew 10:30
Have you ever looked down at an ant hill and watched them scurry here and there. I think to some that’s how they imagine God looking down on the world.
But you and I are not just one of many to some higher being out there somewhere. We are the uniquely created one-of-a-kind children of a loving Father who knows every tiny detail about each of us and loves us completely.
God comes for you.
God came for us. He knew we couldn’t save ourselves. We’re messy people living in a messy world. And God came for us. Jesus came and lived among messy people, died, rose again, and gave us the Holy Spirit.
But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8
The Spirit helps us with our weakness. We do not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit himself speaks to God for us, even begs God for us with deep feelings that words cannot explain. Romans 8:26
You and I needed our Father to come for us. Like helpless newborns, we are completely dependent but that’s okay . . . we have a God who loves us so much He comes to us to meet our every need.
God comforts you.
Our daughter knew my voice that night in the nursery. It was the voice she heard for months before she was born. It was the voice she needed to bring her comfort.
I said, “I am about to fall,”
but, Lord, your love kept me safe.
I was very worried, but
You comforted me and made me happy. Psalm 94:18–19
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is the Father who is full of mercy and all comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3
I need to know my Father’s voice to receive the comfort He offers. So, I spend time with Him in prayer and I study His Word. I want to recognize His whispers when the screams of those around me distract and concern.
And the more I know Him, the more I trust His love and care.
He cares for you.
He knows your needs and mine. He wants what is good for us. And because of His overwhelming love and amazing grace, He hears each quiet sigh and sees each tear that falls.
And even when He doesn’t give me everything I want, He perfectly meets my every need.
My God will use His wonderful riches in Christ Jesus to
give you everything you need. Philippians 4:19
Give your worries to the Lord,
and He will take care of you.
He will never let good people down. Psalm 55:22
I could not leave my daughter in the hospital nursery crying without going to comfort her because I loved her so much each sob broke my heart. Our Heavenly Father loves us so much He cannot leave us to cry alone. He always comes to us with comfort and care because He is love.
Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. 1 Peter 5:7 (AMP)
So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. Matthew 7:11
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