He screamed all night. In my sleep deprived state of mind, I thought I would die of frustration or exhaustion. I can’t do this forever, I thought to myself. I can’t take care of him. Will he ever stop screaming? That little red faced baby boy, eleven years later, is (today) out in the garden planting catnip seeds and helping his sister plant her flowers. He comes up to my earlobes and can’t wait to get taller than me – he won’t have to wait long at this rate, and I’m not short.
The essential truth that my brain couldn’t register back then was that God wasn’t asking me to take care of a screaming baby forever. He was asking me to do it that night, and a handful of other nights. Everything we experience, good or bad, is temporary.
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18
One thing is for sure, that little boy will keep getting bigger and more independent. If you haven’t read the book “I’ll Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch, please enjoy this YouTube reading of the book. But I have to warn you: it’s a tearjerker.
If you are going through a tough time, please remember that it won’t last forever: nothing in this life does.