During a time recently where everything in my life looked pretty bleak – I was reminded of something someone did for me many years ago.
This lady had been treating me regularly for some time and one day when I arrived in the waiting room for my appointment, there was a huge teddy bear sitting in one of the chairs.
She was aware that at that time, I was not only in severe physical pain; I was also distraught from a bad reaction to some medication and feeling let down by some poor care from a medical professional. I was really in a bad way – both physically and emotionally.
She came out to the waiting room to meet me and pointed to the bear nearby me. She told me he needed a hug – then said that she had found that when everything seems to be going bad, you should hug something, and a bear is always there for you.
It may seem like a silly thing and I don’t know that I’ve thought about it in many years, but this lady wanted to help me. She cared that I was having a tough time and wanted to do something to encourage me. While she maybe couldn’t have hugged me herself, she showed me a way to hold onto something physically, when it might seem there was no-one else there.
As Christians, we know that God is always there, but there are times when we need to “feel” His presence, or just know that we are not alone in our fear, or our pain. Sometimes we feel God’s love in the hug of a friend, but sometimes we are not physically with anyone else. Then maybe the bear helps, at least a bit.
I have a huge collection of bears, which are mostly packed away now. But sometimes I will take one out for a hug. I find the presence of a teddy bear can remind me of this lady who showed, in a unique way, that she cared about me.
Prayer: God, Your Word reminds us in the verse above, that Your arms are always there for us. What a comfort this is in whatever circumstances we find ourselves!
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life as she lives with chronic pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, travel and photography. You can contact her in the Sunroom.