At a recent family gathering, I heard my cousin share this story about her two oldest children. It made me laugh so hard I asked if I could share it:
I was upstairs feeding my little one when I heard my four-year-old son and two-year-old daughter crying. My four-year-old yelled, “Mommy we’re stuck, We’re stuck!”
I walked into the playroom and my two-year-old girl’s right pointer finger was stuck to my four-year-old’s cheek. Whenever my four-year-old moved, his sister had to move with him. I noticed a bottle of super glue next to my girl. It was the heavy-duty stuff.
Both kids were in a state of sheer panic.They thought they’d live the rest of their lives stuck with the other one, literally!
Once I calmed them down, I had them sit still for a few moments while I Googled to see how to separate them without ripping skin. After searching it said to use acetone nail polish remover, so I quickly grabbed some and started pouring it on and slowly pulling them apart. After five minutes, I finally got them separated.
when you feel stuck . . .
I can relate to those responses to the super-glue situation. Sometimes I wonder if God put super-glue in my chair because there are many days life doesn’t seem to be moving forward. My responses look a lot like those kiddos:
1. Cry – I may not always cry in public, but there have been many tears shed even after all of the medical appointments and scary health situations have subsided.
2. Scream – Sometimes this shows itself when I scream at people I love, even though I’m not really frustrated with them, I’m frustrated with life.
3. Panic – Like those kiddos it’s easy to think I’ll be in this place in my life forever. That causes panic and questioning my own self-worth.
4. Sit Still – Then my Heavenly Daddy comes in and says, “Stop! Calm down, Krishana. How can you think you’ll always be in this place. You aren’t in the same place in your life that you were a year ago. It may feel the same, but I’m changing you. Every day, I’m working and fighting for you. Join me in working and fighting for the same things:
“No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
He requires I seek to do what is right. Embrace second-chances for myself and for those around me. Set aside my ego and selfishness. Rely on His strength to help me. Trust His timing, plan and guidance. Recognize He hasn’t forgotten me. He has something in mind. He’s orchestrating everything to make himself famous!
Do you tend to go through all of the other natural reactions (like me) before you sit still? What does it look like to sit still today? I’d love to hear your thoughts!!