A Soft Word
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” ~ Albert Einstein
As a mother I am always judging myself and questioning if what I am doing or saying is portrayed positively or negatively in my child’s eyes. I have learned from experience, that I am a better mother if I start my day before my child’s. By doing this, it allows me the time to equip myself spiritually for the day. But, I have to admit, there are days that I fail miserably. I am more concerned with my to do list rather than quality time with my child. These are the days that I find myself doing more yelling than loving.
I often envy those mothers who seem to consistently respond to their child(ren) with a soft word. It is something that I have always wanted to add to my “motherly toolkit.” So, tonight as I was trying to deal with my irritable, fussy, “I don’t want to do what you tell me to do four year old” child; I felt my blood pressure rise in preparation to yell. But, instead, I looked at him with compassion, picked him up, hugged him, and told him to rest. And his crying and rapid heart beat quickly fell to a soft whimper, a steady heart beat. and he fell peacefully asleep.
“A gentle answer turns away wrath; but harsh words stir up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 (NLT)
While I was holding my child in my arms, it was such a beautiful experience to witness the magnitude of God’s word right there in front of my eyes. My calm voice quieted his cries, dried his tears, and allowed him to rest. I realized at that very moment, that is exactly how God handles us as his children. In his word, we find the comfort we need, the rest we deserve, and the peace we long for. If God matched our anger it would only create resistance from his wisdom and direction. In his loving voice, he looks at us with compassion, picks us up, hugs us, and tells us to rest. And our crying and rapid heart beats quickly fall to soft whimpers, a steady heart beat, and we fall peacefully asleep.