The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17
Originally, I was going to dedicate this article to new mothers. I believed that I was given this verse as a gift to any of you who are a new mother or a mother of little ones. As I began writing, however, I quickly stopped trying to guess what this was all about and let God do the inspiring instead. This article is definitely dedicated to every woman, man, and child. We are all facing challenges, big and small, every day.
Recently, a very dear Christian sister gave birth to a beautiful little girl. This baby girl was born to parents who were surprised when they first learned about her, but they quickly regrouped and excitedly prepared and looked forward to her arrival.
That same week she was born, I was introduced to a baby boy who’d been removed from his parents’ care and was being shifted from one relative’s home to another for his care. Despite the abuse and upheaval, this baby boy was full of smiles and happy resiliency.
Both babies put a smile on my face. They delighted me and made me want to cuddle them and breathe in their baby scent. My heart prayed for them and rejoiced over what God has in store for them, so much so that I wanted to sing.
There was a third baby that week who came up in conversation and prayer. This baby was born to a loving home, but never made it home from the hospital. He died because he wasn’t far enough along in his development and too weak to live. I wept for his parents and rejoiced in their faith that God has taken him home because it was best for the baby. There were no worries, just pain of loss.
In my own world, I was spiraling from a different kind of loss. A change in something I thought I had complete control over. I received a beating to my pride that brought it back under submission along with a stack of bills, paperwork, and tough decisions to make quickly. I half jokingly said I wanted my mama, but I went to my knees before my Father. A short time later the Bible app on my phone alerted me with the verse Zephaniah 3:17.
The beauty of our Lord’s care and love astounds me and makes me weak in the knees.
To Him we are just babies, no matter our earthly ages or circumstances. We are His children. He is always with us. He will always pull us out of the wreckage of our lives when we call on Him. He will always hold us and calm us when we seek Him wholly. “Do not fear (Lamentations 3:57). Know I am near (Psalm 71:21). Nothing can compare to My love for you (1John 4:16).” He delights in us, and He sings over us as we rest in His care.
Just close your eyes now and listen to Him sing. “Hush little baby, don’t say a word. Papa’s gonna…”
Abba, I cannot begin to share the depth of my love for You! You are too much to contain in words. You are so faithful, so loving, so good. I love You with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind, and with all my strength. You are my Forever Daddy. Thank You! Let your name be blessed now. Amen