The time was 12:30am. The place was in our family-sized tent at a campground about an hour away from our home. And the event was a chorus of crying coming from the kid’s side of the tent.
Now let’s go back a little. We are tent campers, but we also enjoy some modern conveniences if they are possible. We still sleep in a tent and cook all our food over an open flame or in our cast iron cookware, but we enjoy lights put up around our site and an inferred heater plugged in, in our tent. We keep it set to a fairly comfortable temperature for those cold fall nights. We had set up camp on Friday night and then enjoyed a fun and tiring day of fun on Saturday. We thought for sure the kiddos would go straight to sleep once we laid them down. For the most part, they did, but we forgot to consider the effect that sleeping on hard ground can have on a toddler’s beauty sleep.
Around 12:30 Whitney and I were both suddenly awoken by the sound of a chorus of crying. Both Little Man and Curly Top had woken up upset and unwilling to fall back to sleep. I got up and did what usually worked to get them back to sleep: sat down in between them and sang hymns while stroking their hair or rubbing their backs. I soon realized that everyone, including Whitney, had fallen back to sleep. I was now well awake and decided to stay where I was and make sure they all stayed asleep.
Little Man tried to wake up a couple more times, but a little more singing and he was back to sleep.
As I sat there watching over my family as they slept I was reminded that my Heavenly Father is always up, and watching over me. He doesn’t have to wake up and come over to me when I cry out to Him in the middle of my discomfort, He is already right there by me and ready to help.
I spent some time in prayer thanking God for His faithfulness and His love for my family and me. It is good sometimes to have to be woken up in the middle of the night so that I can have a good quiet meeting with my Heavenly Father.
Don’t miss out on the unique opportunities our children can provide. Look for the chances God gives to draw closer to Him.
The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.