We had Alexander and Addilynn over night last weekend. Alex has outgrown the playpen he has been sleeping in at our home so I thought I’d try a ‘big bed’ for him.
When I put him to bed I could tell how proud he was as he crawled into the ‘big bed’ and under the covers. His eyes were just sparkling.
He wrapped his arms around his two bears and laid there quietly while I sang to him. I really expected him to pop out of the bed a few times but he stayed perfectly still. It was like he knew this was a big step for him and he was going to enjoy it! Plus, he was safe since he was with his buddies.
He slept all night and when I checked on him in the morning his arms were still wrapped around his bears. I think he did so well because of his two ‘comfort’ bears.
I started thinking about times I’ve tried something new. What a difference it makes when I had a buddy to experience the new adventure with as opposed to being alone.
Sometimes the buddy was not a person. The buddy may have been my journal, or my cross necklace, or a huge hug from my husband as I left on my trip. I’m so thankful, though, that I’m never really alone! Be strong and of good courage…for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
Everyone needs a buddy – whatever ‘buddy’ means for you. What makes you feel comfortable in a new or scary situation? It’s important to identify it and keep it close as we travel our life journeys.
Who knows? Maybe it’s a bear or two!!