baby fingers

It’s 4 a.m. and a wail leads me to a darkened room where I can see a little face peering out of the slats of a crib and a small hand reaching up.

With my maternal instincts, I try to decipher the cry. To many, it would just sound like incoherent babble. But in the midst of the wails, all I hear is “I need you”. Again and again.

I need you to stop.

I need you to spend time with me.

It makes my heart melt, and speaks to a tired soul that tends to feel like there’s something more to be done, something greater within my reach.

It calls me to change focus.

After all, it’s easy to get caught up when life seems like a cycle of rinse and repeat — staring at the same unwashed dishes, the same unfolded laundry, the same dust bunnies, and the same computer screen week after week.

That is, until you realize what’s happening.

So these days I find myself reaching for God, questioning whether I’ve missed the mark by focusing too much on the things I want to accomplish, and not enough on Him.

And like I reach down to comfort my restless baby girl, He reaches out to me and calms me by showing me more of Him, more of His Word, and more of His Spirit.


Linking up with Kate Motaung today for Five Minute Friday. It’s a writing “flash mob” of sorts, and here are the rules: Get your thoughts together. Then write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. You can post in the comments on the Five Minute Friday Facebook page, Kate’s blog or link up there with a post from your own blog. Then check out the post before yours, and leave a comment.

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  1. Great post! There is nothing better than having your baby reach for you. Enjoy it while you can. Housework and writing can take a back burner – there will be time when this season has passed.

  2. I really like this. I myself have been focusing on stopping, slowing, resting. I am way past baby stage (mine are men now) but this is a helpful reminder of how they forced me to stop and take time. It causes me to reflect and remember that there’s always time to stop what we’re doing to focus on what matters. Helpful post. Thanks

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