My wife and I have been foster parents for about a year and half. Right now, we have a baby boy in our house that has struggled with lung and breathing issues his entire little life. Part of his regimen is a breathing treatment first thing in the morning when he wakes up and then in the evening right before he goes to bed.
To be a help to my wife, I have taken the responsibility of giving him these treatments every morning and most times at night. If you know anything about nebulizers, there’s the mask that must be worn to administer the medication while you breathe. Our little guy reacts to this differently at different times. In the morning, he is usually more relaxed and may even doze off a bit while wearing the mask. Bedtime, however, is a different story. He’s very tired, and he will do everything within his power to get that mask off his face.
If you let his hand free, he’ll bat the mask off. If you don’t hold him still, he will arch his back to stretch the mask off his face. But the most heartbreaking thing for me is when he cranes his little head up to where his eyes meet mine, giving me a look that says, “Why are you doing this to me? Can’t you see I don’t like it?” He doesn’t understand at that moment, but I am doing for him what is best for him. I’m giving him medication that can keep his lungs clear and strong. But it’s still not easy, for him or for me. At that moment, I often kiss his forehead, and softly say to him, “It’s ok. It’s ok. We’re almost done.”
This makes me think of how the Heavenly Father so lovingly cares for those who trust and believe in Him. Many times our spiritual lungs get fouled up with the dirt and grime of the evil in this world, and God has to giving us a spiritual breathing treatment to keep our spiritual lungs healthy and strong. He has to put a breathing mask on our face and put us through a regimen that we often don’t like. Sometimes that treatment involves challenges, heartbreak and loss that we just don’t understand.
In these times, we often find ourselves kicking against what God allows in our lives, trying to bat the spiritual breathing mask away. We may even arch our back and do our best to escape what He brings across our paths. But, if you are His child, you reach that moment when you turn you eyes up towards Him, and ask “Why are you doing this to me? Can’t you see I don’t like it?” And at that moment, God sheds the light of His presence into our hearts, kisses us on the forehead and says, “It’s ok. It’s ok. We’re almost done.”
It’s often in these moments when the presence of God seems closest. For those of us who believe Him, we can find this comfort even in the most difficult of challenges and problems. Compared to eternity, the things we experience now are truly just for a moment, so when God says, “We’re almost done,” He’s telling us the truth.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
2 Corinthians 4:17