I woke up the moment I heard little feet hit the floor. The fast pace told me she was upset. I sat up in bed and threw my arm open wide as my five year old ran into the room and into my arms. "I had a bad dream!" she exclaimed. I just held her, repeating "Mama's here, Mama's here." Then after her breathing slowed, I asked, "Would you like to sleep in here tonight?"
After I got her comfy on the floor, she quickly went back to sleep, but I lay there awake. I thought of my own childhood. My mom was usually intoxicated. I remember shaking her and shaking her trying to wake her up. She was never alert & waiting for me, often didn't even know where I was.
I thought of other children who don't have a parent to run to in the night to calm their fears. Children who's biggest nightmares are when they are awake, and sleep is the only peace they get. I prayed for them, my heart heavy.
I'm so thankful for a Heavenly Father who is always awake, always alert, and always with his arms open wide, waiting for me to run into them. Whether you're living in a nightmare or experiencing sweet dreams, God knows exactly where you are and he's there waiting for you too, arms open wide.
Psalm 91:9-12 -- If you make the Most High your dwelling—even the LORD, who is my refuge- then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.