Ever since then, the little guy has been tucked in on my side of the bed, head on my pillow, every night when I settle in.
I think it is no coincidence that my 9 year old sweetie is going through a little spell of the boogieman frights right now. On the average night, Little Jeffrey sleeps with this cuddly critter; whom we named Bowser years and years ago. He was a gift for my oldest son from one of my best friends…before he was born. Bowser was maybe the first trinket in the nursery. He waited expectantly alongside of us for the stork to deliver his cribmate.
And now…he waits for me.
It makes me smile to think that it comforts my son to leave a little part of him waiting in my bed for me each night. It seems to give him courage to face his fears during this season of his little life.
Leaving something behind; thinking of another in a time of distress.
Selflessness brings comfort. For Jeffrey, it brings courage as well.
My young son continues to teach me lessons every day, but this is one I tend to forget. My eyes are often narrow in their field of vision. My world is small. How often do I reach out to comfort another? How often do I busily walk by those in need of a friend?
This lesson brings to mind another amazing person who left something behind to comfort. When Jesus left the earth, He didn’t leave us alone. He sent the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to teach us and guide us.
It makes me smile to think that it comforted Jesus to leave a part of Him behind for us. Don’t you just know He hated leaving his beloveds? But God’s plan is perfect, and He knew just what to do.
“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” (Isaiah 40:1-2)
Bowser comforts me. Most of all, his presence reminds me of the one who left him behind. His presence takes me into my son’s room at night with prayers on my lips and love in my heart.
Where does the Holy Spirit take you? Let Him take you to your knees, Dear One. Give thanks for the One who left Him behind.