Saturday, May 9, 2015

I Don't Have to Worry Because He Has This

Yesterday, I came upon my son being bullied...or, at least an attempt at it. (I hesitate to call it being "bullied" because they were really just getting mouthy with him.)  "They" were two neighborhood boys who decided to come over in the guise of play and, rather, pick on him.  Unbeknownst to them, I walked up on the event.  As soon as I approached, they tried to turn on the charm and pretend as if they were Jake's best buds.  I've been around a lot longer, so there was no way I was falling for any of it!  When they realized I knew what was going on, they were shaking in their shoes, so to speak.

As I calmed myself down (because moms get upset when someone picks on their kids!), I had to sit down with my son and explain to him that he does not have to be afraid of these boys.  First, he is almost as tall as them and, one day, he will be.  There is no reason to be afraid of them. They try to intimidate by their words, but that is all they can do. They have no real power. Second, he has a mom who is willing to stand up for him...and I have.  I would NEVER allow anything to happen to him, as long as I had the power to do so.  What he doesn't realize is that when something happens to him, it's as if it happens to me.

Later, when I was alone, my heart was breaking for my son.  I hate to see him, or any of my children, hurting.  As usual, I was trying to figure out how I needed to deal with the situation. Then it hit me. As much as I love my children, Jesus loves us even more. When we hurt, he hurts.  When we cry, he cries. Unlike me, however, Jesus does have all the answers.  He will fix our hurts and doesn't need our help in doing so. Like those boys, the enemy can intimidate by using situations to scare us, but he can't do any real harm. When he meets our defender, Jesus, he is shaking in his boots!

Finally, I had to stop and pray for the situation.  I gave all my anger and frustration to the Lord. Psalm 61:2 reads, "When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I." Though I didn't have an answer at that moment, I knew that God would lead me and direct my steps.  He made me realize that, sometimes, I have to take my hands off of situations and let my children deal with them without my help.  Otherwise, how will they grow if they never have to deal with real life? (Of course, as mothers, we will always fret over our children. They will always be our babies.)

In conclusion, when you have situations that overwhelm you, remember that you can lean on Jesus. He will take your worry and give you peace, your confusion and bring clarity, your mourning for joy. He will fight your battles and bring victory!

"Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." 1 Peter 5:7

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