“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness..” John 1:4-5a
“Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.” Hebrews 3:1
“Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” Philipphians 2:15
Summer, summer, summer time! I cannot get enough of the fact that I can go outside. My kids can go outside. Our dog can go outside. But will we? There’s the real question. And here is the real issue with it all. Where I now see the error of my ways-My complaining occurs rain or shine. Winter means complaining we can’t go outside because it’s too wet. Summer means complaining we can’t go outside because it’s too hot. So I publicly apologize to my Creator God who truly blessed me to live in such green beauty as Oregon and resolve not to complain. But to make a family new years resolution in June instead of January- Be. Outside. And. Enjoy.
In efforts to keep with our June resolution me and my crew have become VBS (vacation bible school)/camp hoppers. Church programs are fabulous for providing outdoor activities for kids and I’ve got summer camp flyers comin out my ears, so we are signed up and primed up to be-Playin’, learnin’, sprayin’, laughin’, kickin’, climbin’, runnin’, jumpin’, and swimmin’ in. the. sun. And we will be lovin’ every minute of it mind you.
Well, except for the not so stellar minutes which occurred 2 days ago at our current VBS sensation.
I got my middle, “live for the social”, daughter checked in in about 5 seconds and moved to check in my oldest. We wanted her to be in a group with her older cousin so she was in with 3rd graders instead of 2nd graders. The big kids. Literally. As I walked my Lucy over to her group she truly was “Lucy Little” from the book “The Little’s”. There were 7 boys more than a foot taller and 2 girls right in there as well. I put on my “Mom evaluating/detective hat” and made the 2 second conclusion to atleast survey the land while my thinker, analyzer, slow to warm up artist daughter entered this scene.
The previous 3rd grade teacher extrovert leader started things with a bang. “Everyone tell your name and tell one thing you like!”She yelled out in sing song form. And then it began, one boy blurted, “Ryan and I get to go swimming at my grandma’s pool!” Another right after from across the circle proclaimed, “I have two dogs!” (No name to be spoken of, but this seemed to be how the game was played. And how it continued for the next 5 minutes. Yell out or miss out.) As I watched the energetic one’s saying 5 or more fun facts and my daughter being the only one not having spoken, my Mama heart was in a wounded, sad state. And then my Lucy motioned me over and whispered to me her first comment which did in fact break my already wounded Mama heart.
“Mama, I don’t think anybody see’s me”, Lucy stated with her head down. And yep, that comment pretty much took me down. I proceeded to try to have a “it’s going to be okay, let me make things better” talk with her about the fact that all these kids were older and therefore bigger and that she would be bigger when she is that age a year from now. And then made sure to tell the group leader her age as well. And as I was making sure the leader “saw” my daughter, a mini miracle moment happened. The blonde girl from across the circle said, “Lucy, we haven’t heard what you like yet! What do you like to do?” And then the only other girl in the group didn’t miss a beat and grabbed my “low to the floor” daughter’s hand and said, “Hey, since we are the only girls, come over here by us and we want to show you a special game!” (Okay, are you girls trying to make a grown woman cry profusely in a random church parking lot?!)
And at that point I knew I could leave. Lucy. Was. Seen. Lucy, who’s name means “Light” had the sun and THE Son shining on her.
Even in her smallness. Quietness. Seemingly helplessness. And darkness. These girls were the light and love of Jesus to Lucy. And we need to get this- this is how our good Father works people!
He shines on you with His Son, like the sun, through the light and love of His Spirit’s work in other’s. He see’s you. He see’s me. And We. Are. Shining. With. Love.
So in your day today, when you feel worn out and weary. Come to Jesus. He see’s you. When you are angry at your kids and have no patience left. Come to Jesus. He see’s you. When it seems everyone else around you is more talented, more beautiful, more intelligent, better disciplined, better at cooking/housekeeping/gardening, has more courage, has more creativity, has more money, is “Mom of the year”, is “Wife of the year”, “Jesus follower of the year”, and has the “Job of the Year”, do one thing. Come to Jesus. He see’s you.
You are never to0 small. Never too weak. Never too forgotten. Never so disobedient. Never so disconnected. Never so alone. Then to be seen. To be loved. To be shined upon. By our heavenly Father. He is light. And He is life.
What do you do you feel nobody see’s you?
1-Find a place to go without distractions for a little while (with kids it’s hard, but i am not below turning on a movie to have some needed time-I know I am a better Mom when I take time away from my kids to meet with Jesus.)
2-Open God’s true Word (truthfully it doesn’t matter where in the Bible you open, just open it, because His Word is living and active and will speak to what you need) and ask our heavenly Father to speak to your heart about your true identity as His daughter.
3- Be open to receiving what God’s Word says and be.loved. in this quiet moment.
be seen. be loved. Be light. Today.
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