Having been recently dealing with a sick little one, I have been reflecting on how that affects not only mom but dad as well. All you moms out there know how it goes… a kid gets sick and you are there-snotty tissues in one hand as you give medicine and a hug with the other. You clean their messes, kiss their feverish cheeks, put them to bed with a sigh and a prayer, waking up every few hours making sure all is well, praying there are no late night emergency room runs tonight. And although we are there doing it, handling it the best we can sometimes we forget there is someone else who is just as worried and stressed as we are. Dad is there, waiting in the wings, to help anyway he can. Fix a bottle, do some laundry, or pick up something quick for dinner…because he wants to do something, anything to fix this. It tugs at his heart to see his children sick and hurting and he worries he hasn’t done enough to protect his children. He thinks to himself maybe a war on germs or bubble-wrapping the children would have been more effective than nothing at all. His stress begins to take the form of a grumpy attitude and absentminded pacing. At that moment, he kind of looks like the fierce Silverback gorilla from that Tarzan movie(those with kids know which one I’m talking about!) :)He’s serious looking and stand-offish, but when danger comes he is there-large and imposing, nostrils flaring, hands beating his chest, letting the enemy know he is the king of his domain. It may sound funny, but there is something reassuring about that, knowing that he does this because of his deep-seeded love for his children and his responsibility to be the protector of his family.
That is what the Lord wants to be for us. As His children, He wants to stand guard against our enemies, fight the battles you struggle with daily and be the dominant force in your life. Whatever battle you are fighting this is my pray for you: May you come to Him with an open heart, may He deliver you from the enemy and that you allow Him to be your Heavenly Father, your mighty Protector and King of Kings.
“I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter and from the deadly pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall find protection; His faithfulness shall be your shield and wall.” -Psalm 91:2-4