The Blanket

2 Corinthians 1:3

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort. (RSV)

Thought for the Day:  God’s Comfort

Our son had a very special blanket when he was little. It was a simple, green receiving blanket but it brought much comfort to him as he went through his day. He also had a little stuffed puppy that he always held as he slept. If they were lost, even for a few minutes, he would get very upset and we would go in search. One evening, we had finished worship services at a music retreat and had gone to our hotel room for the night. At bedtime, Nathaniel said, “Where are ‘blankie’ and ‘Puppy’?” We searched the hotel room but they were not found. My husband and I did what we could do to console our son but we couldn’t. I decided I would walk to the conference center to look but I had little hope I would find them. As I walked across the street to get to the worship area, I saw something familiar. On an outside railing ­I saw the most precious thing. Someone had obviously been in our same situation before because there I saw a neatly folded little green blanket lying on a railing with a sweet little stuffed puppy sitting on top. I immediately took a picture on my phone and sent it to my husband who was with our little boy in the hotel room. What a great celebration we had when he once again had the comfort of a very special “Blankie” and “Puppy”.

Isn’t this exactly how we feel when we are anxious and worried? Don’t we long for the comfort that only God can give. We might lose sight of Him for a time, but then we find His comfort once again just as a blanket and puppy brought comfort to our child that evening.

Prayer:   God, thank you for the comfort only you can bring to us when we feel worried and afraid. Be with us as we go through our day and help us feel the comfort of your love wrapped around us. Amen.

Prayer Focus: THOSE NEEDING COMFORT

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2 thoughts on “The Blanket

  1. God is good, isn’t He? Last night, I turned down an offer to do something very special today. I made excuses and really felt that I didn’t need to do it. After I placed the blog online this morning and started doing my morning devotionals and reading my scriptures, I had much anxiety inside me. I felt my hands shaking, my mind going every which way, and a feeling that I had made a huge mistake in saying no. I then read one more devotional that said, “Which way do I go, Lord? What choice do I make? I come to you in prayer for signs of the directions you wish me to take and the choices you wish me to make. Help me focus on the little signs you give me each day, so that my path takes me to that higher place you have promised me. Thank you, Lord, for answering my prayer. Amen.” I got up from the couch, told Mark that I had to go do this thing that was asked. God called me last night and I said, “no”, but today I realized that it was God calling me and I didn’t recognize it. So, in saying yes, I received the grandest blessing – one that was very unexpected and one that was in GOD’s WILL. Thank you for the sweet messenger, and thank you for the call. WOW! I feel very blessed in this wonderful moment.

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