"I'm so tired."
"My back hurts."
"I just want a moment to myself."
Temporary suffering, such as what we have been experiencing as new parents, is always paving the way towards our own salvation and is for our own benefit. These complaints should be caught up in our throats and reshaped into prayers. As it is said time and time again, our prayers ought to be unceasing. What a perfect opportunity to practice!
Not only can these trials aid us in our prayer life, but they also grant us practice in humility and sacrifice.
"And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls;" - II Corinthians 12:15
We prayed dearly for our child, offering ourselves as obedient servants to God and diligent parents to our son. Why would we not want to, as Paul says, want to spend and be spent for the sake of our child's salvation? There is no nobler and no more important sacrifice than to put one's self second to their child.
“Buddy, you have to be patient,” I remind him, while fixing a bottle. I say it more for my sake than for his. Patience is a difficult virtue to master.
It makes sense for a hungry infant to “demand” to be fed. It makes much less sense for adults, such as myself, to demand more trivial things than this. Yes, we want to know if that new job will pan out, or if we should sell our houses in the midst of the real estate boom. However, what does it benefit our souls to worry about things that God has already laid out in His own time?
“If he’s crying, at least that means he’s alive.”
Waking up in the middle of the night to a crying child is a struggle, but it merely means that he is healthy, albeit struggling with hunger or discomfort. And what a blessing that is!
Likewise, the fact that we are struggling means we are alive and well spiritually. The Lord would not put us through trials if He were not attempting to draw us nearer to Him. Therefore, despite the hardships we face, we should be thankful to know that we are spiritually healthy and that our dear Father is calling us closer. Not only so that we may know Him, but also catch a glimpse of His thoughts as he attempts to care for us, His children.
"It's the way God intended; our son needs us just like we need God.”