“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”–Elizabeth Stone
This week, I was again reminded of how deep those Mama Bear feelings run.
You carry a child for nine months, you nurse that baby, diaper that baby, bathe that baby. You watch the baby and keep him/her from sticking fingers in outlets or wandering into danger. You will, without one doubt, lay down your life for that child.
If one person lays one finger on that child in the wrong way, they are toast.
But the fact is, sometimes you have to release that child to people who might hurt him/her, temporarily, and for the greater good.
The baby has to get shots. Sometimes four at once! And as a Mama Bear, you sit there and have a strange feeling in the pit of your stomach.
That baby might have to get medical testing. That baby might have to get braces. That baby might have to get surgery, and you, as Mama Bear, sit there and watch.
Yesterday, one of my (now teenaged) babies had to get a toenail procedure done. This entails painful shots in the toe, not to mention blood. Now, I have no problem with blood except when it is coming out of my child. I didn’t hurl. I kept it together. But as a Mama Bear, I had the strange desire to…
Jump up and wrench those sharp instruments away from the doctor. Shove said *muscle-y* doctor off his rolling chair to the ground. Grab my child and run screaming from the building.
But…I knew the greater good. I knew this surgery would, in the long run, hopefully prevent further pain for my child. I was willing to watch my child go through hurt to increase his chances of happiness later.
I couldn’t help but make the connection with our Heavenly Father. How many times have we, His children, experienced hurt so incredible, we wonder if He’s watching? If He cares? Doesn’t He REALIZE how horrible it is?
And yet…the greater good. The bigger picture. He sees it all. Every one of these hurts He allows us to endure has a purpose. I know–easy to say, but it stinks to live it.
How many times does God remind us He is our Father? Abba Father. Daddy.
“For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!'” Romans 8:15
Trust this. He sees the pain. He sees the greater good. And sometimes, He will be like a raging Mama Bear to protect us from harm. Sometimes, though, He has to watch as His children hurt. Just like His firstborn son, Jesus Christ.
And someday I believe we will thank Him, when we see how He has been working all things together for good.
****What about you? Have you had a Mama Bear moment? Or a moment when you recognized God let you go through pain for a reason?****