• Jill Jarrell Newsome

I Know My Child

A new mother recently posted about the vast amount of well meaning information for new mothers. She mentioned that much of the information is conflicting. I was reminded of when my first born, Sarah, was born. I had read everything I could about my pregnancy, delivery and nursing. I was burping my day old baby when the pediatrician walked in and asked, "what are you doing?" "I'm burping my baby", I replied. He continued to tell me that breastfed babies do not need to be burped. Every time she had burped! When he walked out I told my mom that it was time for me to go home because I knew my child better than he did! While I respect professional opinions, I still know my children better than they do!

Wonder how many times God shakes His head, saying, "I know you better than anyone." He has already told us in Romans 8: 27, "He knows us far better than we know ourselves." MSG While I know a lot about my children, I do not know everything and thank God that my mother didn't! But God knows everything about each of us! We cannot hide anything from Him. He wants to guide us, care for us and help us grow. We forget that David told us three thousand years ago that God knows us inside out. We forget that he knows what we are going to say before we speak. Psalm 139: 4, "Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely."

Psalm 139: 1-3, "You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways." Believing this we can say, with humble hearts, "I trust You, God, even in the midst of chaos and burdens, you know my needs. I am limited and weak but you can do anything and work for my good! Romans 8: 28, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

Jesus knew us before we were born. Jeremiah 1; 5, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."

Even though He knows our weaknesses and flaws, He sent his Spirit to comfort, guide, and care for us. He loves us more than our spouse, our parent, our child or anyone else! He is always there for us and we can trust Him. Why don't I let Him do for me like I like to do for my children? He wants to comfort us, pick us up and hold us in His arms!

I remember when my babies cried, if I walked in the room and they heard my voice, they were comforted. I know my child and my child knows me. So it is with God, when we know His voice, we are comforted. The more we spend time with Him, the more we recognize His voice. John 10: 27, "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me." We are His children! 1 John 3: 1, "See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" Like a baby, we are dependent on Him for our meals, our clothing and our shelter. Our Parent provides for us, always knowing what we need and when we need it! Thanks be to God!

"Them: Why do you raise your hands when you worship? Me: Isn't that what a child does when they want to be held?"


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