My daughter was in the midst of a toddler 2.0 meltdown. My family lovingly refers to them as 2.0 meltdowns because they are unlike other meltdowns which occur in the early years of parenting little ones. They usually involve a lot of screaming (from kid and parent alike) and lots of tears and runny noses. Sometimes there just isn’t anything a parent can do to help, even despite their best efforts. The child just needs to work themselves out of it and Lord willing, they eventually do.
I found myself in the toddler 2.0 battle zone with my daughter recently. Nothing I said or did seemed to help in the midst of her tantrum. I pleaded with her to tell me what I could do to help calm her down and finally she looked up at me, held out her tiny arms, and through exasperated breaths, she mumbled “mama, just hold me.”
We sat right down on the kitchen floor together and I held her tightly, comforting her as her breath eventually slowed and she calmed herself down. Within a few minutes she was back to playing and running around. I couldn’t help but to think of how often we do this very thing with Jesus.
Maybe we’re not having a toddler 2.0 meltdown, but life can get so messy sometimes we can’t put into words what we’re feeling. We don’t always know how to process things or we just get plain overwhelmed. Our hearts and souls crave the peace and comfort of Jesus. And so we call to Him.
Just sit with me, Jesus.
Wrap your loving arms around me, Jesus.
Comfort me. Let your peace wash over me. Just be with me.
No fancy words. Just a need for a Savior. You know, I used to think that I needed to pray a certain way or use a bunch of “Christianese” in my prayers for God to hear me. But friend, we don’t need to come to The Throne with fancy prayers or eloquent requests. Sometimes all we need to do is whisper, just come sit with me Jesus. He hears our hearts deepest desires, our innermost pain and hurts. And ever so gently, He sits down with us where we are and He holds us tightly through His presence and by speaking to us through The Living Word of God.
I am so glad I have a Savior that is personal and mighty enough that He can do this for each one of His children. Sweet friend, there is always room for us on the lap of Jesus. He wants us to call to Him constantly, with all of our needs. He wants us to call to Him on the days when all is right in our world, to the days when putting one foot in front of the other is a challenge.
He wants us to call to Him when our souls are soaring with delight and praise, to when our souls are thirsty and weary from the fight.
Just sit with me, Jesus.
It’s there, in those sweet moments with Him that He does the things that only He can do in us. Those are the moments where we see the peace that only He offers. We see the comfort that only He can give. We see the everlasting love He has for us. He envelops us with His arms and we get to just be our true selves in that moment with Him. Whatever ugliness we need to confess in our sin, whatever frustration we can’t wrap our minds around, whatever past hurt that just won’t go away. He takes it all when we sit with Him.
And in those moments, it’s as if He takes our face in His hands and whispers to our burdened heart “sweet girl, I’ve got you.”
Because sister, He does have you. Every bit of you.
Sometimes we don’t even need to speak words aloud. He already knows what our hearts need before we even say it.
“O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.”
Psalm 139:1-5 (NLT)
But friend, we’ve got to sit with Him first. We have to call out to Him. We have to make room for Him. You can sit with Him anywhere. The kitchen floor, the carpool line, your office, or even the bathroom shower (one of my personal favorites). That is one of the many beautiful things about Jesus. He can meet you wherever you are and wherever you need Him to be.
Will you invite Him to sit with you today?