|Resting up for more battles to come|
There are times, after a day spent battling the iron will of a tiny toddler, when I sit on the couch feeling small and weak.
I’m forced to recognize how ill-equipped I am for such a giant task versus such a formidable foe.
I’m too little for the enormity of parenting.
Teach him all that he needs to know to be a person? All the tiny everyday things? All the huge and complicated questions?
When I look at this little person, it feels like there is a legion of warriors, barbarians I have to defend him against. coming for him, surrounding him.
Physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual dangers that surround him, us, in this world. And I’m his protector, facing so many battles from so many sides for so many years to come. All by myself. Little ‘ol me.
Sometimes he scares me.
Battles over breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner. Battles over diaper changing, nail clipping, car seat buckling. Battles over touching the TV, touching the XBOX, touching the laptop, flat out stealing my iPhone.
There’s a strong sin nature inside my beautiful boy, with so much more fight in him then I fear I have in left in me.
On the day Elisha and his servant awoke with the people of Israel, surrounded by such an overwhelming army. I’m so glad that God was there. That he sent back up, and that he allowed Elisha and his servant to see His power, to find confidence and comfort in His presence.
- you are fighting a tiny yet mighty warrior, all on your own?
- you are battling a big wide world in protection of your precious child?
- you are fighting too many internal demons and sinful desires, that might be your own worst enemy in this battle?
his love endures forever.
What can mere mortals do to me?
7 The Lord is with me; he is my helper.
I look in triumph on my enemies.
but the Lord helped me.
14 The Lord is my strength and my defense[a];
he has become my salvation.
…. and I am not alone.