Thirteen days ago, I’m sitting in a VERY cold operating room surrounded by a dedicated team of seven medical professionals all surrounding my wife who is under the knife as they prepare the way for our baby to come out of the womb and into our arms. My mind is racing, I can hear AND feel my own heart beating as I wait for the sound I know will bring me tears of inexplicable joy … the sound of my daughter’s first cry.
And then it came … man, I can still hear it. Oh wait, that’s her now, needing a diaper change, Sorry, I’ll be right back … OK, where was I?
I’ll never forget that sound and that sight as long as I live as she rose into view, being held by the hands of our doctor. But what came right after that is something I’ll never forget … ‘Hey Dad, you ready to cut the cord?’
Now, I never had the opportunity to do that with my boys as certain complications in the delivery process prohibited me from cutting their cords, so this was new territory for me … and I was SUPER nervous. But nonetheless I mustered up the courage, took those crazy looking scissors in my hand and severed a connection that was the only source of nourishment she had ever known.
It was quite a moment (and if you’re a father who has experienced this, you know what I’m talking about) when you are seeing a child experience a truly extreme changing of seasons. Her cry in that moment built in me passions and desires to be there for her in ANY way I possibly could, I wanted to hold her, comfort her to let her know everything is going to be just fine, she’s with Daddy now … and I did just that.
“In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.” Psalm 18:6
We all experience transition in life’s seasons. Sometimes we transition seasons with ease while other times it comes with great discomfort. I don’t know where you are at in life today, but maybe you may feel like a child on a table, shivering and scared, unsure of your surroundings and the only life support you had is no longer attached to you. Can I tell you something?
He’s there. He is near. He is with you.
We serve a Heavenly Father who offers more care, comfort and support than any earthly father ever could hope to offer.
If you’re scared, don’t be afraid to keep crying … Dad is coming.
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