He Knows My Cry

One night I was at church. I was sitting up front as I almost always. In fact I was on the very front bench so I couldn’t see most of the people there.

While sitting there listening to the introductory remarks welcoming everyone to the service I heard a baby cry. Elijah was only a few months old at the time and as all babies at that age he cried when he wanted something. When he wanted anything really.

As a father I hate to hear my son cry so my first instinct was to turn around and see what was wrong with him. As a pastor I hate seeing people turn their attention from what is going on in the service. So I resisted the urge to turn and listened instead.

While listening I realized that there was indeed a baby crying but it was not my baby. You see there was another baby there that night.  She was quite a bit younger than Elijah and her name was Hannah. She was the one crying. So I returned my full attention to the service knowing that it was not my child that needed something. It was someone else’s child. Therefore it was not my responsibility to listen or to make it right.

This is not to say I was not concerned. I was. But it was her father’s job to fix it not mine.

Later while I was thinking about Elijah and Hannah and fathers and such I realized something about God. He is a father and as a father he hears his children cry. Not only does he hear his children cry though. He hears all children cry but like me he is listening especially for his children. This brought me great comfort to know that wherever I am, whatever I am doing or what it seems God is doing, when I cry out he stops to listen. No matter how many other children may be crying, he knows my cry and he cares.


About aldaraan

I am a Missionary Baptist Pastor, a husband and a father. I love my God, my church, my family and my country.

Posted on October 16, 2011, in He Knows My Cry and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I was just reading in Ezekiel this morning about God’s promise to Israel to send the Shepherd to bring back the true flock and make things right. In this is the description of how the Shepherd will take care of the lost, wounded, and sick sheep. I was instantly brought to thinking about how Jesus is that Shepherd, and with that I thought about his promises as Shepherd. We hear his voice and know it. He hears our cries and knows them. He will leave the 99 to go and find one of us crying in the wild. Awesome picture you gave here, and thanks for sharing. The Holy Spirit used it to complete this picture for me this morning. Cool stuff.

    • You are very welcome! Thanks for stopping by to comment. You are very right about the Good shepherd and the truth is at some time or another we are all the one but the grace of God sends the shepherd and he smites the bear, the lion and everything else that is out to destroy us.

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