Teddy Bear Out The Window

My wife and I were driving to church one Sunday morning, when there he was: a big brown teddy bear—lying face up on the shoulder of the interstate. Both of us agreed there must be a story behind this seemingly lost friend, one that involved a heartbroken little person.

It’s interesting how we develop emotional attachments to objects like stuffed animals. Somehow, they generate security and help us self-soothe.

Until I was 4 years old, my “teddy bear” was a small crocheted blanket our family aptly named, “Nasty.” I’m told I refused to let go of Nasty long enough for him to be washed (hence the name). And when my mother DID coax my little comforter from my grasp, I stood in the laundry room and cried the whole time.

I still have Nasty. He is safe in a trunk with several other family heirlooms. Yet other adult security blankets have taken his place, a special co-worker, a much loved family member or friend, or even a favorite chair. Can you relate?

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:18

God draws NEAR to the broken hearted; He doesn’t keep driving when our teddy bears go out the window. The Lord HELPS those who are crushed in spirit; He sent an angel to comfort Jesus when he collapsed at the cusp of His own crucifixion (Luke 22:40-46).

And He will comfort you and me. Guaranteed.

Check out the very next verse Psalm 34:19!

A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;

Psalm 34:19a

Hold on Teddy, Daddy’s coming…

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This post was originally published on June 9, 2019.






22 responses to “Teddy Bear Out The Window”

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I appreciate your comment, Nancy! Your story of God’s peace in a time of stress and uncertainty is proof positive that God draws near to His children when they are in need. I read a few of your posts and found them engaging and helpful. Happy to be a follower! Blessings.

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  2. Nancy Ruegg Avatar

    Praise God for his comfort, especially palpable in times of stress. When my husband underwent surgery for a liver transplant, I sat in the waiting room for 8+ hours–mostly alone. But the peace of God that defies understanding kept worry and fear at bay the entire time. You are so right, David: “God draws NEAR to the broken hearted; He doesn’t keep driving when our teddy bears go out the window.” P.S. I’m another one who still has her first teddy bear! The poor thing is getting really old . . . P.P.S. Thank you for becoming a follower of my blog. I pray you’ll find the posts meaningful whenever you’re able to visit!

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  3. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Wow, that’s wonderful! You’re the third person who told me they still have their first teddy bear. I’m guessing Nasty is about 50 years old. Thanks for stopping in! Blessings.

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  4. God Still Speaks Avatar

    I still have my first teddy bear that I’ve has since I was 3 years old. Let’s just say she looks great for 58 years old!

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  5. jesusluvsall Avatar

    Any blanket to sleep under does it for me lol

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  6. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you for sharing, CG. It’s neat that you and your wife both have your teddies from childhood. God’s best to you!

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  7. CG Thelen Avatar

    Another great post. Indeed, God is always by our side. I still have my childhood teddy bear Smokey. He now sits in the bedroom next to my wife’s teddy bear.

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  8. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, Rainer! Thanks for reading and commenting. Blessings!

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  9. The Devotional Guy™ Avatar

    Love this David! Excellent imagery. Thanks for connecting us to God’s word through sharing a childhood memory.

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  10. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Happy weekend to you as well, brother! Thank you for sharing.

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  11. Island Traveler Avatar

    So true, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” It’s when we are in pain, heart broken , lonely that God is strongest. It’s when we realize we need him after all. It’s easy to forget the giver when we are enjoying his blessings. Thank you. God bless. Happy weekend.

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  12. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Your thoughts about the names of God are a great addition to this post! Each title says something unique about our caring Heavenly Father. It’s also touching how you and both of your daughters had names blankets too! Thank you for your comment, Beth.

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  13. Beth Alisan Avatar

    Such a relatable post David. Funny how our early comforts whether a stuffed animal or blanket have such unforgettable names. My tattered blanket was “Blankie.” I would tote it with me to my Nana’s house where she would sew it back together week after week. My girls named their blankets “Bah Bah” and “Goodie Bah.” So grateful that our Heavenly Comfort has unforgettable names as well like Jehovah Jirah, Good Shepherd, Jehovah Shalom, Almighty , Lord of Hosts . .

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  14. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Sally. I’m glad your husband kept his blue bunny!

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  15. Sally Avatar

    A tender post, David, and very relatable.
    My husband still has a blue bunny, called Golly Golly. It was a community gift to him for being the New Year’s baby of the year.
    Thanks for sharing. 🤗🌼

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  16. atimetoshare.me Avatar

    Beautiful post.

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  17. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes it is, Barb! I like my predictable, secure life. But the world doesn’t always cooperate. I am thankful to have a friend in Jesus! Thank you for sharing. I like your emojis!


  18. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you Bridget! I drive up and down that piece of interstate almost daily. The Teddy bear was gone the next day. Hopefully someone came back and got him. Blessings!

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  19. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    🧸🐻🧸🐻 – it’s amazing what humans will do too hold on to our teddies isn’t it!

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  20. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    I love the thought of God being near. That truly brings me comfort to think about. In fact, I have a short list of Bible verses that reference God’s nearness, and the one you shared is on my list! Life has many ups and downs, and I am so grateful to know that God is near through it all. As Christians, we are never alone. What a gift that is! Thanks for sharing this story. I hope the little one found their teddy bear.

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