In this world you will have trouble (John 16:33 NIV)
I work with Children. I LOVE what I do. It is peculiar given the feedback I often get about myself from conversations and observations. I am blunt and impatient, yet I work really well with children. I see them often at their most vulnerable, their most afraid. It is heart wrenching but I wouldn’t do anything else.
I recently read a story of a 3year old boy whose mother brought him to a public space seeking help. Weeping. Devastated. Her son had lost all anal patency because her husband, his father had raped him serially for close to a year. I was saddened for this toddler whose life had been emotionally, spiritually and anatomically destroyed. He had a long journey ahead in discovering trust and believing love again.
These stories aren’t unusual to me sadly. But I was troubled, troubled at a mind that could inflict such harm, so often. His son? His gift from God? A child? What kind of evil possesses one to the point of such harm? Deadens one to continue? So many troubling thoughts.
And I was reminded of Jesus’ prayer in John 17: My prayer…. that You should keep them from the evil one. Jesus is Almighty, Omniscient so He must know how EVIL that one is for those words to feature in His prayer.
This so rankled me that I chose to watch that week. I watched the thoughts that tried to sneak in, the ones that got in before I realised they were lurking, the ones that became words before I had prayerfully processed them and the ones that had acted out their evil as if unchecked by me. Like I was merely an observer to my body’s craziness. And I realised ‘there but for the grace of God go I’
Proverbs 4 found its way into my meditations during this week and verse 16 struck me: For they do not sleep unless they have done evil; and their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall. Evil is real and lurking, seeking human conduits. Let it NEVER be me.
Prayer; loving Father, thank you for your grace, your protection that keeps me from the evil one.
Verse: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
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