for when you don’t know.

hiddenthings

Four years ago, my husband and I spent night after night kneeled over one of our children. We were begging God to give us wisdom, peace, guidance and insight. We were begging Him to work miracles in that little heart sleeping soundly. I still remember the afternoon in the preschool breezeway where I had to wrestle that little heart and body into our van. I can see so vividly the look on that other mama’s face as I forced one of my other children into her arms with I-need-help filling up the corners of my eyes. I hope I can be her for other mamas, just there and steady and gentle. I’ve never seen her again.

There are other moments just like that one, moments where I felt sad and angry and hurt. It was a sandpaper season. I had been unsure as a parent before but never so overwhelmed with feeling totally out of answers for how to steward my child’s heart. I felt lost. In over my head. Ill-equipped for my calling. My weaknesses and fears about my own heart ballooned and pushed peace out.

I needed a mast to hold fast to, steady and solid. I found it in a memory verse for Bible Study. We were studying Daniel; how he resolved to stay true to his belief, how God gave him insight no one else could grasp. I stumbled on a few words in the second chapter about how God is the one who reveals the things that are deep down and hidden away.

I clung to two verses like I never had before. I went to God over and over again and reminded myself that He knew and He was trustworthy. I confessed that I was afraid of what I couldn’t see and declared that I would believe that He could see what I couldn’t. I asked Him to show me how to love a little heart right then and there and how to shepherd a fierce and big spirit for not yet. And I resolved to believe on Him whether He chose to reveal the deep and hidden things or not.

God knows and He is trustworthy. There are things so deep-rooted and packed away: things that feel unreachable, unknowable, unsolvable. He knows and He is the One who can show us the way. Everything truth and light and real dwells with Him. Even if He doesn’t show us all the answers, God is the way through to the light. We have only to lean on Him.

We still have moments that seem like a mystery. I still wonder at how to be what my children need from me, pray joy and contentment over them. I know life will bring many more not-knowing moments. But. Salvation is from the Lord and I see, too, how He takes a little heart and makes it new. Emotions still run wild here and there but repentance is quick to lap up behind these days and I know where that comes from.

And I still cling to His Word, especially Daniel’s beautiful prayer.

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12 thoughts on “for when you don’t know.

  1. Thank you for the post. I’m in “sandpaper” season with my fierce and wild hearted boy. Your words are a great encouragement to me.

  2. Thank you so much for posting this! Such a timely word as I have been feeling so inadequate in my parenting recently. Going to write these verses out and dwell on them. So thankful these “sandpaper” seasons are not forever.

  3. Thank you for this beautiful post. Such a great reminder of 2 years I did the same thing….and this year I’ve been able to see Gods faithfulness….and boy has it been sweet to watch the growth in that child! Also convicting of how I need to be on my knees for another child this time…..

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  5. This verse. I don’t even know if I’ve ever taken note of it. But oh, this verse–today…I’m so needing it. Thank you.

    And of course, such a beautiful post. Strong spirits are hard to steward but power-packed with potential. : ) And they also tend to not be boring people so that’s a plus.

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