May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. (Psalm 119:76 NIV)
When Jonah was a baby, he used a pacifier. When it was time to take it away, the doctor suggested I cut the tip off. Every couple of days, cut a little more until Jonah decided it wasn’t comforting him anymore. This was a great tip for Karoline. After one snip, she looked at it and threw it away. But Jonah sucked on that thing until he couldn’t hold on to it anymore. It took him longer than his sister, but eventually he gave it up. It never occurred to me he had found another form of comfort.
Last night Jonah didn’t want to sleep in his room. I thought this was odd. When we asked him, he said he misses his brother’s breathing. Nathan and Jonah have separate rooms joined by a common window. They talk to each other through it and apparently, Jonah can hear Nathan breathing while he sleeps. Nathan is away at camp this week leaving Jonah with nothing to comfort him.
It’s funny how we look for things, other than God to comfort us. It can be any number of things. Some people look for comfort in another person. They want someone to love them, care for them and be there for them. Others use food as a source for comfort. It just feels good to eat food that produces a calming effect on the body. For me, I find myself most comfortable when there’s money in the bank. I like to have money there, just in case something happens. Certainly, there’s nothing wrong with having a savings account. We should be saving money for a rainy day or unexpected expense. But what I’ve found is my contentment comes from being able to handle any situation with what I already have.
Our prayers can reveal a lot about what we hold dear. We should always be open with God. We should ask. But I think we should be honest about our motives for those requests. Dig deep. Ask God to reveal the true purpose for that prayer. Are we seeking something to draw closer to God or take the place of Him? Are we seeking comfort from something other than Him? If life were to remain as it is today, are we content?
Lord, may we find comfort in you alone!