Wipe Away the Tears

As a new Father of 8 weeks, I have come to a firm conclusion. This may be a startling revelation for some of you so brace yourselves:

Babies cry a lot.

Hungry for a bottle = cry. Wet diaper = cry. Sit in a rocker too long = cry. Too much laying on the back = cry. Punched in the face by your twin sister/brother = cry.

Okay, so that last one is understandable. But my point is this, babies cry a lot.

Every evening there is a point in the night where I wake up to the babies crying. These moments are jarring to me. It is the combination of sleep deprivation and your heart aching as you hear your children scream for help. Moved out of compassion, I get up out of bed walk into their bedrooms, wipe their tears, pick them up, hold onto them tightly and speak so that my voice comforts them. I then warm up two bottles, feed them and hold them in my arms until they fall back asleep.

Revelation 21:3-4

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

“Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eye. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Since become a parent, I have never looked at certain Scriptures the same way. This one is one of the biggest verses that has changed for me. What is the end of the Gospel Message? Not only has God redeemed us through Jesus Christ and given us the Holy Spirit, but God has revealed what will one day come to be. That picture is of a God who is willing to wake up in the night, gather us up in his arms, and put us back at rest. It is the picture of the Father I desire to be.

Stop and take a moment today to rest in God’s arms.