Good Night, God

February 29, 2004
by Elaine Ingalls Hogg

Isaiah 40:11 – He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. (NIV)

Recently, one of my friends asked, "How are you?" and, when I hesitated briefly to consider how I should reply, she nodded knowingly, and said, "You're being carried right now."

"Yes, I'm being carried." I agreed.

Later that night, I wrote my prayer:

    Dear God, your Word tells me that you aren't too busy to care, not too busy to carry my load, so tonight I'm bringing my heavy heart to you. In our walk together, I've learned that you'll not only carry my load, you'll carry me too, so I'm going to jump in your arms, and stay there every hour of this long, dark night. And while I'm in the warmth and shelter of your arms, I'm going to whisper a prayer asking you to bring my loved ones under your protection also. Thank you, and good night, God.

Sometimes when we are going through difficult periods in our lives, we're unable to think of anyone else but ourselves. We think about our problems, how someone hurt us, didn't talk to us, etc., and we neglect to think of the person who is facing surgery, is alone, or has a special need. Thankfully, God isn't like that. No matter how dark the night, how many wars are raging, or how disobedient His children are, He is there for us. He'll stop and listen to our prayers, wipe away our tears, and, if we wait in His presence until we are fully rested, He'll give us strength to carry on.

Mark 10:16 – And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them. (NIV)

Prayer: Dear God, often we don't understand the reasons for our trials here, but we bring them to You. We pray that You will reassure us, and help us to know that You are with us. Amen.

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Elaine Ingalls Hogg <authorhogg@yahoo.ca>
Smiths Creek, New Brunswick, Canada

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