After a big day with my nine month old son I was exhausted. When we are out and about Mitchell is easy. He loves looking around and smiling at other people.
But when we are home I struggle to get anything done. He just demands my attention all the time. And he’ll moan and cry to get it. And when he wakes up at 4.45am then there is a lot of time to demand!!
I quickly flicked through my social media account before crashing in bed and an article grabbed my attention: Orphanage Story Brings Thousands To Tears.
It was a story of a first time mother, Dayna Mager (by Catherine) and it went like this…
“One of the first times Dayna and her husband Matt had left their baby after she was born was to go to a worship concert. During that concert, there was a missionary who shared a story from his trip to Uganda, and it “shook me to the core,” Dayna remembered.
During the trip, he had visited a Ugandan orphanage. He had visited many orphanages before, and each one had a nursery. But here, he heard something he’d never ever heard in a nursery before.
“He walked into a nursery with over 100 filled cribs with babies. He listened in amazement and wonder as the only sound he could hear was silence,” Dayna wrote. Silence is beyond rare in any nursery, much less one with 100 babies.
So the missionary turned to his host and asked how this was possible—why was the nursery silent?
His next words burned into Dayna’s heart.
It became a moment “that would forever be burned in my fragile, hormone raging, new mommy heart that had already become 100xs more fragile after meeting her [Luella].”
The host turned to the missionary and said, “After about a week of them being here, and crying out for countless hours, they eventually stop when they realize no one is coming for them…”
Dayna added, “They stop crying when they realize no one is coming for them. Not in 10 minutes, not in 4 hours, and maybe, perhaps, not ever.”
And then her heart broke. “I broke. I literally could have picked up pieces of my heart scattered about the auditorium floor. But instead, it stirred in me a longing, a hunger. A promise in my spirit,” Dayna wrote. That night when she came home, she held Luella’s tiny little 10-pound body close and promised she would always come to her.”
That certainly put my day in perspective! My baby cries and whinges because he knows I will come to him. He knows that he is loved and cared for by his mummy and his daddy, and when he wants them they will be there for him.
There are people in our lives who have gone silent. They don’t call or whinge or ask for help because people have stopped listening.
Let’s never stop listening to others. Let’s be there for others just like a good parent is there for their child. And just like our Heavenly Father is always there for us.
Lord, thank you for hearing our cries. May we know that You are near to us to reassure us that we are loved. Amen.
Who do you need to listen out for?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.