It would be too simple to say or think that all I do as a parent to nurture my children through the wilderness of sibling relations is head for the woods. Yet it is a very powerful, meaning filled way I can put feet on my prayers. And it’s not just for the kids, it’s for me too. Maybe me most of all? It’s at that mind numbing point (I spoke of yesterday) that I need miracle too. I need life to give life.
The picture of the woman in labor right after birth has been coming to mind again lately. To me the question: “What does the ultimate Parent do?”, gets an answer within that image of the laboring woman. What does He give in the midst of the pain, at the climax of the pain?
The answer: This incredible creature that we can’t stop marveling at. To hold in our hands; wonder and miracle. In. Our. Hands.
This is the gift given to the mother after she labors, after she tears, after she has become as open and vulnerable to the world as she may ever be. Miracle to hold, to watch, to nurture, to be nurtured by. I believe this is available to us every day, in so many ways. We can give it. We can receive it. This is just one practical way of “(His) power made perfect in weakness…” God is the most “down to earth” personality I have ever met.
It’s no longer the incessant cry that alerts me to get outdoors, it’s the hard days. It’s when I notice the soft ground of their hearts begin to harden (allowing for cracks and seeds of bitterness to fall within those cracks) that points the way. I need a miracle, so I go to where I am surrounded by it; outdoors. Out of the walls and stale air. Out to where the holy breath blows. (Yeah, I really do believe that.) I’m thankful for it. I’ve seen and known His healing there.
“Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
― Mother Teresa
I’m honored that you read this far in my series, thank you! I’d love to hear your thoughts! How do you put feet on your prayers to discover Wonder in your life?