You Are Never Alone~ By Christy Mossburg, Director of Christian Education
“I can’t bear to see the boy die. She sat at a distance, cried out in grief, and wept. God heard the boy’s cries, and God’s messenger called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “Hagar! What’s wrong? Don’t be afraid. God has heard the boy’s cries over there!” Genesis 21:16b – 17
As a parent or someone about to be a parent, it’s easy to relate to the fear in Hagar’s narrative. Can’t you just feel it? An icy, pit-in-your-stomach kind of fear that can paralyze you. This is a fear that is always peering around a corner in parenthood, just waiting to show it’s ugly head.
From the time your precious baby is conceived, and you’re paralyzed with fear over whether this will be a successful pregnancy after losing so many others to the time that they go to college and you watch them leave your home, driving a car several hours away with all of their belongings in tow. The one common denominator in all of these scenarios is that you’re constantly fighting back fear. It’s part of parenting. That realization that you alone cannot protect them from the world.
If you happen to be the parent of a child with any type of medical condition, you likely feel this fear on a more regular basis than most. Though in my case the doctor was wrong, I’ll still never forget the moment that she told me she was pretty sure my young daughter had leukemia. Never in my life have I felt more naked and alone before God. It’s one thing to battle your own health issues, which I have had my share of, but it’s a completely different feeling to watch your child suffer and to be helpless to do anything about it. I’ve experienced this with both of my children and wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.
How have I made it through these moments? Miscarriages, pregnancies that were high-risk, sick kids, injured kids, kids having surgeries, and then the inevitable - kids leaving home as young adults? Only one thing has worked on a consistent basis. I’ve put it all in God’s hands. I know from Hagar’s story, as well as many other stories in the Bible, and from my own experience that God IS here. God hears your cries, He hears the cries of those you love, and He will be with you. You are never alone.