Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning.Psalm 5:1-3
Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray.
O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.
When you were born, your first cry was primarily a way to kickstart your lungs so that you became acclimated to your new airy world. From there, crying is all about communicating. But there is one big problem. As one pediatrician describes it, “Babies are like smoke alarms: You can’t tell if you burnt the toast or if the whole house is burning down.”
Another pediatrician has categorized babies’ cries into six types or categories: hungry, tired, scared, gassy/colic, overstimulated, and cuddle. Some doctors will try and describe the rhythms, pitch, intensity, and non-verbal actions of the baby to help decode and defuse the wail.
Whether your parents let you cry it out or they were hyper attentive to soothe every whimper, almost every parent that loves their child struggles with knowing or figuring out what’s wrong when they hear our cries. Even after we can talk we can struggle to communicate when we get hurt. I remember a time when my daughter let out a huge scream followed by intense cries and, even though she had good language skills, in her pain, she couldn’t tell me right away that she had tripped and skinned her knees.
Right now you might be wondering, “Pastor, we all this talk about crying when this was supposed to be about thankfulness?” It’s because we can be thankful that not only does our Heavenly Father invite us to cry out to him, he also knows exactly what has hurt us and how much it hurts. How amazing that we have a parent that hears and knows our cries! When we cry out to God, not just when we’re hurt but when we start our day- “in the morning you hear my voice”- it reminds us that we are never alone and always understood. And in our weakest moments of life, we can be thankful that he is strong. Yes, Jesus loves us!
Questions to ponder
What is the first thing you think when you hear a baby cry? Be honest!
What was a time that you were hurt, so hurt that it was difficult to explain how you were feeling? Was it a physical hurt or an emotional one?
How does it feel when someone understands your pain and what you are going through? Take a moment today to thank someone that has been there for you in your hurt. Also, remember to start each morning in prayer with God; he loves you, understands you, and knows your future!