One of the most distressing sounds a parent can hear is their son or daughter gasping for breath.
A couple of times over the years one of our kids have woken us up in the middle of the night by the sound of that distinct, hollow, croup cough. If it’s bad enough, we need to stay calm and get to the hospital.
Whenever I’ve arrived at Emergency with one of our precious kids in my arms, there are two things that I’m hoping for.
The first thing is sympathy. Even though the triage nurse may have already seen endless patients, I’m always grateful when the nurse shows sympathy and validates both my child’s suffering and my concern.
But I didn’t come all the way to the hospital at 2:00am for a hug from a nurse. I’ve come to get my son or daughter breathing again. The second thing I’m hoping for is that there is not only sympathy, but a solution.
Thankfully, the Austin Hospital Emergency department has consistently given us both sympathy and solutions we’ve need it the most.
We also have access to a helper with a greater capacity to help than any Emergency department. Jesus is always ready to answer our cry as soon as we run to Him, and He not only shows us great sympathy but also has the power to bring a solution to any problem:
‘Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most’ – Hebrews 4:15-16 (NLT)
Jesus gets it. We all struggle at times. None of us are exempt from the temptations and hardships of life, not even the Son of God Himself, which is why He has unlimited compassion on us:
‘He understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do’ – Hebrews 4:15a (NLT)
Yet although Jesus was tempted in every way, He remained undefeated and ‘did not sin’ (4:15b). Now this victory over sin, temptation, the devil and even death is available to any one who puts their trust in Him:
‘Overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us’ – Romans 8:37 (NLT)
No matter what your need is, you can run to Jesus who will not only show you sympathy but being a solution to help you when you need it the most!