Everybody Needs A Woobie

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”

 2 Corinthians 1:3–4

Comfort is a word we hear used a lot in the Bible and yet many believers look at comfort like it’s a bad thing.  Woobie is a term of endearment that I along with others use to describe their favorite form of comfort. For children a “Wobbie” might be a teddy bear or “Binkie” which is another word for blanket. For a teenager it might be a stuffed animal as well but most likely it’s a favorite top or bottom, an article of clothing worn for comfort. For most adults a “Wobbie” is most likely a sweatshirt or very comfortable top that is soft and most likely so worn you can only wear it at home. For years I had a pair of sweat pants that I loved and eventually turned them into shorts. I had my wife hem them up and I got another decade of wear out them. When the elastic in the waist wore out I tied the material in a knot and continued to wear them for pajamas.

My close friends and family knew all about my “Woobies” and then one day they came up missing. I went to put them on one night before bed and they were not in my drawer where I had put them earlier that morning. I asked my wife if she had seen my “Woobies” and she responded that she had and that she had thrown them away. She said they were beyond hope and needed to go. As much as I knew she was right I think I went through withdraws the first few nights as I had had those shorts for years and they had brought me much comfort. The Lord used that moment to teach me that He wanted me to find my comfort in Him. The Lord wants you to find your comfort in Him too.

Most people have a “Wobbie” of some sort. It might go by a different name but you probably own something that you find comfort in. It might be a favorite chair, or a top or shirt, it could be a pillow or even a food or dessert. We all have that something we go to, to find comfort. God knew we would need comfort in this life and that is one of the reasons Jesus gave for why He was going to pray so that we might receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The same way you and I find comfort in the “Wobbie” of our making, God offers us a Comforter in Himself, the Holy Spirit who we can find comfort in.  

I don't know if you think of comfort as being very spiritual but God certainly does and of all things that the world needs today, a Comforter is right up there at the top of the list according to Jesus. That’s why Jesus in John chapters 14-17 said He would pray to the Father that the Father would send us another helper, a comforter who would be like Jesus. God’s comfort always comes in the form of a person. The world seeks to find comfort in places and things whereas God sends us His comfort in person and in persons. First the Holy Spirit Himself and then people who are filled with His Spirit.  

The good news regarding becoming a “Woobie” is you don't have to have eduction or money, power or prestige to give comfort. All you need is an open heart, and a sensitivity to the needs of others that communicates to them, I love you and I am here for you. Just know if you are in need of comfort today it’s available. Pray and ask God to fill you with His Spirit. Pray and ask the Comforter to lead you and guide you into all truth. You can also pray and ask God to make you a “Wobbie” for someone else. Moms are usually very good at offering comfort like no one else can.

The story of the Good Samaritan is a great reminder that if we will allow Him, God will use us to bring comfort to others in need. You might not be able to do a lot of things in this life but offering comfort, becoming a wobbie isn’t one of them. You can pray right now and ask God to fill you with His comfort so you can comfort others with the comfort that you yourself received from God because everybody needs a “Woobie.”  

“Now let your unfailing love comfort me, just as you promised me, your servant.”

Psalm 119:76


Michael Osthimer





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