She brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger. —Luke 2:7
We never outgrow our need for spiritual, psychological, emotional, and physical security, do we? Consider a newborn. In Jesus’ day, parents used swaddling cloths to wrap rather tightly around their newborns to help ease the little ones’ transition from the snuggly womb to the world outside. Today, when newborns emerge from the womb, parents use soft blankets to tightly swaddle their babies. Swaddling keeps babies warm and helps them sleep because the restrictiveness is a familiar sensation. (Swaddling also keeps them from scratching themselves with their sharp baby nails!) Bundled and in parents’ arms, babies often relax, and crying usually stops. This cozy cuddling offers womblike safety and security that enables newborn babies to rest peacefully.
Your heavenly Father wants you to know safety and security; He wants you to sleep peacefully. That’s one reason He has given His children His written Word. There, in black and white, are warm and comforting words about His love. They can remind us of God’s power, goodness, faithfulness, and protection. And those truths about who our loving God is can wrap around us in safety and help us sleep.
I am grateful for Your love and Your words and for the security they give me. Thank You, Father.
Zondervan. 2018. 365 Devotions for a Thankful Heart. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
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