Smashing fingers

In a pinch

In a pinch

A painful scream sent me sprinting into my daughter’s bedroom. She turned to me wailing and crying, and it took me a beat to figure out what was wrong.

Lauren stood with her little fingers wedged between a drawer and the dresser, and she couldn’t get them out.

I had sent her into the room a few minutes before to get some socks so we could get ready to go into town. The trip was delayed as I yanked the drawer open and scooped a weeping girl into my arms.

It took numerous kisses and quite a bit of snuggling before the sting started to wear off.

Many of us, right now, are caught in expectations, frustrating circumstances, grief, uncertainty and loneliness. We are stuck in tired routine, fake friendships and marriages barely hanging on.

And yet, we are adept at burying the pain and pasting on a smile, while our fingers pulse from being smashed in the dresser drawer.

All we must do is cry out, just open our mouths and scream. Instead we suck it up and continue to purposely live in the pain.

Why must we pretend, when confession will give us release from the trap we are in?

God is our protector, our strong right arm, our shelter. He is ever waiting for our cry to rise up and defend us against our enemies. He is watching for our movement back to home, ready to run and pull us into His embrace. His forgiveness and grace are ready.

Our Savior has also given us His body here on earth, the church, where there are so many who love us, will stand by us and will see us through.

The only reason I knew Lauren needed my help is because she screamed. Chances are, the person sitting beside us in Sunday School won’t know the depths of our hurt either if we never reveal it.

Take a deep breath, and let it go. Cry out to the Lord for rescue and redemption. He will answer, and come rushing through the door to pry our fingers out of the drawer. He longs to hold us in His arms and remind us of His great love.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

– 1 Peter 5:7

God also wants us to share our burdens with our spiritual family. Allow them to help, even after release. The consequence and sting of the trap may not leave right away, and we need Christian brothers and sisters to walk with us as we recover.

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.

– Galatians 6:2

Moving heaven and earth

Lauren has spent much of the last few days on the couch, trying to get well.

Lauren has spent much of the last few days on the couch, trying to get well.

Lauren and I sat in the doctor’s office yesterday morning. From her place on my lap, she turned up with fever glazed across her cheeks and over her eyes, and softly asked me this question:

“Would you pray for me, Mommy?”

Right away I wrapped my arms around her, and we prayed for God to make her well and to give the doctor wisdom to help in that process.

There have been many times in the past few days that Lauren has asked me this same question. She’s been wrapped up in covers or snuggled with me on the couch, and so miserable and worn out that she needed someone else to pray for her to her Heavenly Father.

As I’ve been asking God for her fever to break, I know I’m not alone in prayer.

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.

– Romans 8:26-27

Here on earth, the Holy Spirit living within me, who knows the deepest part of my heart, is pleading to God for His will to be done. When we don’t know what or how to pray, the Spirit speaks for us in words we cannot understand. What the Spirit requests is answered.

But because Jesus lives forever, his priesthood lasts forever. Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.

– Hebrews 7:24-25

Also in heaven, Jesus, our high priest, lives to intercede for us. Forever and always, Jesus speaks to God from His right-hand for our good and because of His grace.

God moves heaven and earth in prayer for his children.

As God’s child, He is praying for you, right now. The Spirit, who knows what you would never say aloud, that deepest hurt or longing, is crying out to God for His will to be accomplished in you. The resurrected Jesus, who conquered sin and the grave, is interceding for you.

When you have no more words and no more strength, crawl up onto your Father’s lap, and ask this question:

“Would you pray for me?”