I am sitting on my back porch watching the lightening show in the sky. The rain pours and pounces, changing directions swiftly and fiercely making it's mark. I feel like a child again as each one of my three...'not-so-littles'...make their way to me. Concern and anguish grace each face as bright light flashes across the sky. Hands and arms reach over to me grasping for comfort and reassurance. My 12 year old is worried mostly about the beating his new bike in the driveway may be taking but the younger two are afraid that they may be struck and hurt. I try to explain and cradle them each in my embrace for this cherished moment that they actually want and need me in. And even though the thunder roars I have to be the rock...the grown mama... and I can't let on that the storm scares the living daylights out of me as well. It may not be my bike in the driveway but my umbrella and patio furniture are out back and my house could blow down and crush us all with these unseasonable winds in an instant flat...But no, I just smile and hold tight and tell them that everything will be fine.
Lately this has been my motto....Just like the little penguins from the movie "Madagascar"
...'Just smile and nod boys, smile and nod'
Because isn't that what we end up doing so much of the time as parents? When the waters are raging and the storms are beating...We have to hold it altogether and pretend like "it's all good"...
We have to be strong for them when the thunderstorms of life pounce on us and beat us down. When the ones closest to us are sick and hurting...when we don't have the answers to the hard questions...when their little hearts have been beat up and broken and ours are bleeding even more for the pain they are going through.
We long to protect them from any extra anxiety or fear. So we take it on ourselves.
But so much of the time those burdens that we carry to protect can be too heavy to hold.
And as the lightening strikes and the thunder rolls, I am reminded that I have a Father in heaven who loves my 'not-so-little ones' even more than I do...
Will you join me tonight in handing over your burdens that you are carrying, as I do mine. to the Creator of this magnificent creation...
1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
because he cares for you....
And because of that you and I can truly,
"smile and nod!"