Take steps forward. Take them back. But keep on taking them. Take the steps.
They matter. All of them. Each effort behind them. Each decision behind them. All of it matters.
All of it is moving forward or away from a solution. What's important is there is movement.
You haven't stopped. You won't stop. You keep on keeping on because it's what your heart moves you to.
Your heart. Your little heart.
The one that cringes the moment you hear a cry, or a heave, or a sad moan.
The same little heart that wakes you in the middle of the night the moment something is awry. The little one that knows. The one where He lives - if you let Him - and keeps loving you and others through you.
The little space that you can either let be guided by the One who Guides or the little space you can keep on trying to guide on your own. Away from the One who loves you and all of your loved ones more than you'll ever know.
Breathe in. Breathe out. Repeat.
I'm rambling. I know. That's just where I am. In rambles.
Since we came back from vacation my son has been struggling with a parasite that has been wreaking havoc on his insides. It took doctors and labs two weeks to diagnose him, meanwhile we were tasked with trying to keep him hydrated and nourished best we can. Tasked with fighting the invisible with our own limited senses that were always seeming at their end, whether from stress or sleep deprivation.
But. Our little one; he's been a trooper. Such a trooper! Stronger than any of us! Keeping smiles, jokes, and sillies regardless of how lethargic and low energy he has gotten. Regardless of it all, playing and trying to keep up with his not-sick big brother. Regardless of it all!
How easy it is to get wrapped up in my own worries and anxieties! How quick I am to worry myself to a migraine on the daily and let myself spiral into all the what-if's of all-the-scary-things.
Gosh. So quick!
In my few moments of peace, I let myself wander to the true, good, and beautiful. I seek out the saints and His Word, as I'm sure y'all are now familiar with about me by this point. It's where my Hope lies. In Him. And, in Him alone.
Pride. All the pride found at my root, letting me convince myself that there is more that I can do. That there is more that the doctors can be doing every second of every day. That I am missing something. Something! I...I...I...
The thing is, these are all lies. In my mama heart I know I've done all I can. I know I've loved this little boy day in and day out, the best that I can with all that I am in that moment..that hour..that day. I know. And, when I let the lies get the best of me, I'm not listening to the One who loves me and my son more than my little self will ever be able to fully grasp. So so much more.
I know the love letter that can be found in scripture. I know it and have felt that warmth since I was itty-bitty. I know the words that ease anxiety. That bring calm. The how-to of how to find peace. All there.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
So why get wrapped up now? Call it fatigue, preggo hormones, life, weariness, pride, distance, exhaustion or what have you. Or call it, me being human. The kind that doesn't always get it. The kind that gets wrapped up. Call it a million things. All of which matter and don't matter, all at the same time.
Where I've been on any given day, all these things have been thrown around. But. On all of these same given days, He was there all the while, gently calling me to Him. Gently asking me to let Him hold my little one and me, so that we could endure our suffering with peace and understanding.
"O Lord, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised to high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a child that is quieted at it's mother's breast; like a child that is quieted is my soul. O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and for evermore."
-Psalms 131: 1-3All the while, He's been there sharing grace. Waiting for me to say, Here I am Lord, I've come to do your Will. Wanting me to rest in Him. His Hope. His Strength. His Love.
Asking me To Trust Him and His Love for me wholly. Not just sometimes. Not just a little here and there. Trust His Truth and Goodness so much that I say, Thy Will Be Done. Amen. And that's it.
My son just finished his second round of medication. I don't know if it worked this time and probably won't for another week or so.
But I do know that the grace He shared with me today brought me to these moments that allowed me to gather my thoughts in this post. Brought me to some moments of clarity that my weary-mama-heart so much needed.
Watching your son struggle for three weeks wears on the heart. But hope in the Lord from this time forth and evermore is what I'm really going to try and rest in. He's got this. He knows. I'm the instrument that just needs to keep on loving in service of Him through the little gifts He's shared with me in my home. And believe in His love for me and for my son. Because it's there. There in His Will and His Love where clarity can be felt and found. Always.
How have you struggled with His Will lately? Or embracing His Peace and Love? How do you get the focus and peace you yearn for during those muddled times?
Amanda - Thank you for pouring out your heart here. You have blessed me today. These crosses are hard. These crosses are beautiful. Thanks be to God! Love Psalm 131. Exactly what I needed right now. Still praying for your little guy. :)ReplyDelete
Such a beautiful reflection, Amanda. I pray your little guy is healed soon.ReplyDelete
A dream of mine was dashed -- at least for a while -- in the last 24 hours. You're right, it's hard to trust God in these times, but I'm glad for His presence.ReplyDelete
You have such a gift for words, Amanda. Still praying for you all. I'm struggling with others' wills lately, I think. And struggling to find His will in dealing with them ;)ReplyDelete
This is beautiful. Prayers for you and your sweet family.ReplyDelete
Beautiful Amanda!! Prayers still going out to you friend!ReplyDelete
So not easy. As much as we know He's got this, it is never easy to just rest in His arms trustingly. Prayers continuing for you and your family, my friend.ReplyDelete
And thank you for linking up with Blessed is She this week. :)
This is absolutely beautifual, Amanda! I'm so sorry you've been through this though and I'll be praying for you and your precious boy! Love you so much!ReplyDelete
Praying he'll be all better after this round! It is so exhausting to deal with illness like that.ReplyDelete
Oh no! Hope your little guy recovers soon! You are one strong mama to be handling it with such grace... and while pregnant too! :(ReplyDelete