I was recently in a waiting room where an infant was inconsolable; screaming till he began to choke and gag. The entire scene was enough to unnerve us all… all except the child’s grandmother who tenderly cared for him until he surrendered to sleeping in her arms. His silence allowed us to hear the final words she had been singing. “…the Bible tells me so.”

The entire time all we could hear and see was the discomfort and unhappiness of the baby, but the baby was hearing through his entire struggle the truth of God.

I couldn’t help but think this is life… no one is immune to pain and discomfort — not a single person.

Looking at someone going through life without the truths of God is even more painful. You hurt for him. You pray, share God’s love, and ask for Christ’s loving arms to wrap tight around him. Even then, he must be willing to hear, believe, receive, and accept. God can quiet any child, but he must want to surrender. God will not force a relationship. And so, sometimes children cry for a long time, being lost to sin and selfishness even into adulthood.

What observers may see is a miserable person… a punk, an outcast… whatever label society nails through the eyes, words or actions. We may even become uncomfortable around him. What we don’t see beyond the cries for attention and obnoxious behavior is God tenderly loving him. God is waiting for someone to see him differently, to see beyond his ugliness and speak love and truth through his struggles. “…the Bible tells me so.”

The Bible says in 1 Peter 2:1-3, “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

SGLY, dear readers.

(Smile, God Loves You.)

Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian writer and an opinion columnist. To submit feedback on SGLY or to offer a specific topic idea, please contact Chartier at news@amtrib.com. Follow Chartier on Facebook: facebook.com/ tiffanychartier and Twitter: @tiffanychartier.