There is a Grey’s Anatomy episode where the main character Dr. Merideth Grey just had a baby. Her friend and co-worker Alex Karev is upset, panicking, full of anxiety and anger.
While Karev prattles on about his problem, Meredith keeps telling him to pick up her baby in the bassinet near her bed. Karev picks up the baby and proceeds to give the baby to Meredith.
Meredith stops him and tells him that picking up the baby wasn’t for her but for him. Hold the baby Alex, she tells him. Hold the baby and then tell me your problem.
When Alex realized what Meredith had done, he calmed down and realized how to solve the problem and relaxed.
Yes this is secular Hollywood’s attempt at creating a sweet moment in a television series, however there is more truth to that scene than you may realize.
Babies and children may not know all of our problems. They don’t know what makes us anxious, upset or nervous. They do know however that something may be wrong or that our nerves may be shot. We should not take their presence for granted during times of trouble.
We can learn from our children.
Have you noticed how your child will sit in your lap or next to you, content and satisfied just to be near you? The child is calmed, soothed and comforted in the presence of a loving parent.
We can take that same approach to our issues, problems and anxiety. Psalm 131:2 states: Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me.
Finding comfort and peace is as close as studying over the scriptures and praying. David had found contentment in seeking the Lord instead of self-seeking.
While studying scripture is the best thing you can do, don’t overlook the value of holding your child while you’re anxious. Even if it’s for a brief moment, it’s a picture of what our Heavenly Father does for His children. He holds us so tightly that nothing, absolutely nothing, can separate us from Him.
Romans 8:38-39 (NASB)
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.