This is Day 8 of a 31 day series on Biblical kindness. You can find the rest of the posts here!
“The best portion of a man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.” William Wordsworth
Last night I had a little boy who was coughing to the point of dry heaving from 11:30 P.M. to about 4:30 A.M. It was so bad that when he would lay down, he instantly would start coughing and couldn’t stop unless I held him upright in the recliner.
As he was trying to sleep while coughing in my face, I am ashamed to admit I was not very happy to be in that situation. The rest of the family was happily sleeping upstairs and here I was in an uncomfortable recliner wide awake and wanting nothing more than to crawl in my comfortable bed. I was tired, grumpy, and could feel that I was starting to probably develop a sinus infection as my throat was throbbing and head was aching.
About 1 A.M. Jason came down and joined me. David’s coughing had woke him up. I told him about how when David was born. He was my biggest baby at a very squishy 9 pounds 5 ounces. My whole pregnancy the OBGYN had told me that he was a big boy. I was so relieved that he was after having the twins and a NICU experience with them. I was so sure that he would be healthy.
David was born with underdeveloped lungs and went straight to the NICU just like Blake and Nora did. All any of us could do was wait for the lungs to develop on their own. It took a week (which wasn’t long compared to many babies in the NICU but with 4 small kids at home, it was definitely long enough!)
As I watched my 5-year-old struggle to sleep peacefully, I was reminded of how lucky I am. I have a little boy that 99% of the time is happy and healthy. I was reminded of how soon he would be too big to cuddle, want his mommy and her snuggles. I was also thankful that I have a husband who has taken this child as his own and would do anything for him.
For those of you who are parents, how many times a day do you do things for your kids as an act of love? Most likely it’s a countless amount. Think about your morning routine. You get up and wake up the munchkins. (Maybe you have them trained to wake up themselves, but chances are you taught them that, too!) As they wake up they need dressed with clothing that you provided for them, brushed their teeth with toothbrushes you paid for, ate breakfast that you shopped for at the market, and brushed their hair with a hairbrush you purchased for them, just to name a few.
We do these acts because we love our children. We do not do them to receive a “thank you”. We do them because we want the best for them that we can provide. It’s unconditional love.
Now think about all of the countless acts of love God has given you! We would be nothing without God giving his son for us to live.
Think about that! We would not have eternal life. We can rest in God’s love because he loved us so much.
I find that love to be like a blanket. It covers us, protects us, and comforts us.
My little guy just woke up from his nap. After a sleepless night, he managed to take a 4 hour nap today. I’m so thankful he was able to get some sleep. I need to go love up on my little guy.
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