"And I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten" (Joel 2:25) This is a verse I have claimed over and over again for the past almost 7 years. Abuse and Neglect were my sons locust and they ate a lot the first years of his life before we knew him. We have seen the effects and my heart has cried many times, many times I have prayed "please restore what the locust has eaten."
About a week and a half ago was "Novemberfest in our town. This is a time of year my kids really look forward to. One of the local churches bring in all kinds of carnival rides and it’s like a street fair. The kids get arm bands and they can ride as many rides as they like. My two youngest wanted to ride the Ferris wheel -- I hate heights -- always have. So my hubby was standing in line with the two of them - when they reached the top of the line the man said "only 2 riders per cart" everyone looked at me. I took a deep breath, told myself to put my big girl panties on, smiled and got beside my son and said "I'll ride with you". Now please understand - this is a carnival Ferris wheel - it swayed every time you moved - it was horrible! My heart was in feet and I was just trying to maintain a look of a calm, sane person. Up, up we went and my son started moving around pointing at everything "look mama" I could hardly breathe the cart was swaying to and fro and all I could say was "Baby could you sit still please" He looked at me and said "are you scared?" Now - do I really want to tell him I'm scared - but how do I hide it - the truth is -- I am terrified. "Yes baby, Mommy doesn't really like heights - just sit still for me okay" Then he looked at me kind of like I was stupid and said "well if you were scared why did you get on?" "I got on because you wanted to ride" All of the sudden you could see the dots in his little head connecting..."You got on so I could ride, even though you are so scared?" "Yes baby - Mommy loves you and you really wanted to ride" My son then did something amazing -- he reached over and touched my white knuckles (because they were grasping the bar so tightly J) and said "I'll sit really still Mommy" and he did.
Now the amazing thing about this is that last year if he knew I was scared he would have found reasons to move because it would have been funny - he would have had the power - he chose to show me compassion. The other amazing thing is he was able to recognize that I made a sacrifice for him because I love him and he was able to receive that love.
God is restoring what the locust has eaten....
Those of you that know my family personally know that my son is having a tough time presently medically. He has been in the hospital for about a week now with low lung function, but I guess that would be my next blog....
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and yours!
Dancing through a field of locusts who are losing their power,