DAY 3: THE KNEES
With arms open wide and her little face beaming at the site of her daddy, our little girl did not see the huge stone that was right before her. Her focus was on daddy. She ran so fast and tripped on the hard flint stones.
What ensued from the horrendous thud, was a piercing cry from a child, hurt really bad. She was still on her knees. He ran so fast towards her, swiftly picked her up and held her so gently in his arms. Swaying her to and fro, he whispered words of comfort to her.
“Daddy I got a boo boo!” she cried out, but it didn’t take a while before she cooled down. “I got you baby girl! You are strong and brave…okay?” he said. “Okay daddy”, clearing up her raspy throat, as we carefully cleaned her bruised knees.
Watching them share such a divine moment made me tear up. I know the magic of a dad’s hand. I was grateful that she could experience his comfort, his affirmation, his approval. He was right there.
Don’t we all experience times that drive us to our knees, expectedly or unexpectedly? Don’t we all have times we have waged war and have bruised knees to prove it? Don’t we all have those times when the speed is so great, all seems to be working out for us then suddenly, a false move, a grind, and we crush down? We do.
We have had moments that have hurt us so bad and left us weak on our knees, hardly unable to take the next step…but our Father, our heavenly FATHER, has come through for us many times than we could ever imagine.
Our children will not be exempted from the woes of this world. Betray may knock them down. Rejection may press hard on them. Social expectations may perplex them. FOMO may threaten to steal their identity and purpose. This world, with its idols, may try to lure them out of their godly assignment.
But thanks be to our Father. He declares that though we will be pressed on all sides, we will not be crushed. We may be perplexed, but never in despair. We will be persecuted but we will never be forsaken. We may be struck down, but our Lord will never allow us to be destroyed. – 2nd Corinthians 4:9.
We might never be there always to physically protect our children, nor blow their “boo boos’” when hurt, but we should let them know that even when life is all confounding, Christ will lift them up, He is the gap filler and yet all saturating too.
While struck down, let us teach them to fight their battle right there, on their knees. Teach them to cry to God about their deepest fears, He is able to heal their wondered knees, above all, restore their crushed souls.
We need to teach them that we can fall, not once, even up to seven times, but that doesn’t mean that we should mop over our state nor resign over it. Right there on our knees, we can stretch out and place our palms on the hands on our heavenly Father, and He will lift us up.
Take some time as a family and discuss about some struggles you have individually gone through. If your kids are older, give them time to express themselves. If they are younger, ask them if they are okay and if there is anything they feel they do not like or that is bothering them.
Some answers might sound silly, but despise them not.
Then share how the Lord can help each one of you individually, based on what God declares in His word.
For instance, if your child is being gossiped in school, remind him/her that the Word says in Isaiah 54:17 – that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you.
Teach them to pull their solace straight from the Word of the Lord, you will never pray amiss.
I thank you for yet another day. I thank you that nothing catches you by surprise, whether perplexed or struck down.
You orchestrate it all for my good and for your glory.
Lord this day, I pray that you will strengthen our weak knees Lord. Teach us to cry out to you in the midst of our conundrum. Teach us to look unto you when we need help getting up from our hard seasons. Lord you have said that cursed is the man who puts His trust on man. Teach me and teach my children to cry out their deepest longings to you. Only you can help us Lord. Only you can pull us up when down.
Teach them that in their weakness, you will prove to them that you are the Almighty God.
Teach them to bow down in worship.
In Jesus name,