You Hold My Head Up

Morning light is flooding in and loud toddler voices echo from the kitchen as I rub my eyes after a very sleepless night. My sweet newborn just could not get comfortable and needed me to take care of her in every way. She can do nothing for herself- she can’t even hold her head up on her own.

God wants us to be like newborns.

He wants us to surrender to Him. When we feel we can’t hold our heads up, we should ask Him to support us.

When we are uncomfortable, we should ache for His comfort.

When we can’t sleep, we should cry out to Him to be our confidant in the dark of night.

“As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.” Isaiah 66:13

I often look to the world for comfort- in fun times, material items, music, friendships… but true strength and comfort come from the Lord. Jesus exemplified turning to the Father for all He needed when faced with injustice, torture, and death. He didn’t only ask for relief, though, He surrendered to what faced Him.

“Jesus prayed, ‘Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.’ An angel from heaven appeared to Him and strengthened Him.” Luke 22: 42-43

Pastor Leaf Zwerling of The Shepherd’s House wrote a wonderful devotional this Holy Week about surrender. The last paragraph truly spoke to me as it turns the world’s logic on its head:

“If you are looking for more strength to handle your family responsibilities, try serving them more. If you need strength to endure your grueling and unrewarding job, try looking for ways to be a greater blessing where you work. And if strength in your faith is what you seek, try surrendering your definitions and desires as to what that looks like, by getting low, seeking the father, and finding fulfillment in His will. Allow James 4:10 to be your strength source formula, ‘Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and he will lift you up.’”

Precious blue eyes are looking into mine right now, trusting that I will take care of her as she rests in my arms.

Gaze upon the Father, trust in His goodness, and rest in His loving arms.

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