Dear Audrey {Messenger}

This post is part of “Five Minute Friday.”  This week’s topic is {messenger}.

Dear Audrey,

The other night we went for a walk, you, your Daddy, and me.

Your little legs are getting so long and I watched as you ran ahead of us on the sidewalk, as fast as they would carry you.

I told your Daddy that I was afraid you would fall.  He said that falling was part of childhood and that if you did, we’d pick you up, take you home, and bandage you up.

As your mommy, I wish I could protect you from every pain in this life: every scraped knee, every unkind comment, every devastating disappointment.

But I am reminded that–for some mysterious reason–pain is often God’s messenger to us for our good.

One of my favorite authors, C.S. Lewis, said:

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains.

In my own life, I’ve seen God use pain to show me that He alone is my greatest joy, and treasure, and fulfillment.

So, dear Audrey, if I can’t spare you the pain, I pray it will be a messenger for your good and for your joy.

I love you,



12 thoughts on “Dear Audrey {Messenger}

  1. I have that exact same feeling as I watch my two year old run down the hill on our walks around the neighborhood. Thanks for sharing this quote and your thoughts! You’ve given me something to think about!

  2. Audrey, a beautiful name for your baby girl. We want to protect out children always. We can’t unfortunately. I couldn’t protect mine. Their lives are in God’s Hands. My daughter lives with Him now. Enjoy every moment and see the world through their eyes. Children are precious gifts from God.

  3. What an insightful, Gospel-centered thought: Pain is our messenger. God has brought me so much needed truth through the pain in my life. Thanks for sharing this beautifully written piece. FmF

  4. Oh, so true! I find myself struggling with not smothering my daughter in over-protectiveness since her baby sister went to heaven. I have to keep reminding myself daily that both of my daughters are in Jesus hands, and I am too! And all of us live under the promise of Romans 8:28 and love a God who takes the ugly and painful and turns it into something beautiful.

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