Their fruit is used for food, and their leaves for healing. Ezekiel 47:12
Jocelyn broke down crying one day, a few weeks ago. An outsider would have seen that there was no specific event that triggered it. They would have presumed she were crying for no reason. I knew better.
When life gets busy, I’m less available to my kids. In this case, we had just lost power for three days, after a windstorm had brought down the electrical lines. I was up to my eyeballs in all the things I had to catch up on: laundry, housework, more laundry, email, grocery shopping, sleep, rescheduled class parties and meetings, etc.
Although she’s in second grade now, Jocelyn still needs a lot of love and cuddling. With all the craziness from the power outage, she wasn’t getting what she needed. Her meltdown was my cue to drop what I was doing, and just hold her. So I did.
I sat on the hallway steps and pulled her onto my lap. She cried, and I just held her. Neither one of us talked, or rocked back and forth. It was just a simple embrace, for as long as she needed it.
After about five or six minutes, she pulled away and smiled. I asked her if she was okay. She said yes. Then she wiped her eyes, got up, and went her merry way.
It was as if the hug hit her “reset” button, like when we reboot our computers or other devices. It took her back to center, and cleared away the buildup of neglect.
It was so crystal clear to me because I’m the same way. I cruise along, neglecting downtime and prayer, in an attempt to get it all done. Then I hit a wall, and have my own meltdown. The only way I can reset is if I step away, and step into God’s arms.
Like I am for Jocelyn, God is my Healer. It’s time just sitting quietly in His embrace that I am reset, taken back to center, and the buildup of chaos is cleared away.
Questions For Reflection:
* Can I identify when my kids need a “reset?”
* What techniques do I use to heal them when they need it?
* Can I identify when I need a “reset?”
* Do I turn to God to heal me when I need it?