Always There

Always There

On a recent trip to the mall our youngest son got lost. #momwin #momoftheyear

I was riding up the escalator with all five boys in tow when our youngest son became enthralled with the repetitive turning of the motor driven steps. 

While the rest of us turned right he, unbeknownst to me, stopped to gaze at the revolving staircase.

You probably already know how the next few seconds played out.

I did my usual five count to make sure I had everyone, “1, 2, 3, 4…” but the count ended abruptly at four. My stomach lurched, followed by an immediate  flood of relief when I saw him standing timidly at the top of the escalator.

He was reluctantly biting his finger as his eyes scanned to and fro searching for a familiar face. 

I repeatedly called out to him but the steady hum of  background noise kept him from hearing me and with each passing second I saw him became more and more flustered.

I started running towards him but fear had set in and he was calling for me at the top of his lungs while his eyes filled with tears. 

It felt like I was running through water as the rest of the world moved about in slow motion. I couldn’t get to my baby fast enough.

When I finally scooped him up I kept telling him, “Mommy is here. Don’t cry, I was always right here.” I held him in my arms with his face hidden in the curve of my neck as long as he would let me. A genuine smile spread across his face and all was right in his world because the one he trusted most had him safely in her sight.

The lessons from that day run deep.

I saw myself in the panicked eyes of a three year old.

We’ve all experienced times where we’ve been gripped by fear, times when we couldn’t see God in our present circumstances. We’ve looked into an unknown future, desperate to feel the presence of the One who calms our fears.

Those seasons of uncertainty can muffle the voice of a Loving Father and leave us feeling lost and alone.

“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9a

Maybe you find yourself pushed in on all sides by uncertainty or insecure about what tomorrow will bring. Let me remind you we serve a God who sees.

Even when you can’t see Him, you are never out of His sight. Quiet the background noise, soak in the truth of His Word and let Him remind you He’s there…He was always there.

2 thoughts on “Always There

  1. WOW. Even before you revealed the comparison, I had tears in my eyes and was right there with ya’ll. Thanks for this post! And the reminder that He’s always here. Emmanuel, God with us.

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