You may think that this illustration is a stretch but here goes, enjoy.
Two nights ago after spending a couple of hours trying to fall asleep, I finally reached laa laa land. However, in what seemed like two seconds I was abruptly awakened to the sounds of screams and loud footsteps. It was my daughter and her friend bolting into my room in total horror and panic. I sprang from my bed with heart racing and just waiting to hear the words that would make me aware of what drastic event had occurred!
JesseRuth screamed, “THERE IS A BAT IN MY ROOM!” She said, she and her friend were talking in her room and she saw something black out of the corner of her eye and then it swooped over her head. Then it swooped over her friends head. Shear panic is what ignited and I was right there with them. I tried to go close the door to the room the bat was in but when I did that , JesseRuth screamed, “mom, come back , there it is.” We quickly shut ourselves my room and decided to deal with it in the morning. At six the next morning I was call Animal Control and my son in law, my new hero, to help extract the thing from my house. Max caught it in a net and I will love him forever.
There is an important illustration here and it is: when surprising events and circumstances come into our life it is our first reaction to panic. You and I both know that we can’t stay in that state very long or we will self destruct. As believers in Jesus Christ we enjoy the benefit of coming before him with our panic, weariness, circumstances, children or whatever it is. We can close the door and focus on Him and ask Him to give us what we need to handle anything. I have talked to a lot of moms that are just plain tired and it is affecting how they look at everything. I just want to say as one that has been there, don’t be too hard on yourself and cling to Jesus.
Read this in Isaiah 41:10: “Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.”
From the rooftop:
We will have surprises in our lives, good and bad.
God is able to carry us through all of them.
Do not panic
God will give you strength
You will not fail or be destroyed
Trust Him alone
I am praying for all of us that we will not panic the next time something unexpected comes in our path or if we do that we quickly calm down and look to God. The girls did not have the presence of mind to be calm so as not to agitate the bat and I don’t think any of us would. When we all calmed down we were able to rationally think about what to do. God can help us think rationally if we ask Him.
I love you,