Keep Calm in Chaotic Moments
By Meg Bucher
“How was your day?!” I routinely asked as my two daughters flung open the doors and clamored with chatter. As she set her book bag down and clicked her seatbelt, my older daughter suddenly became serious …
“My head really hurts…” and that’s when I caught sight of blood dripping down my sweet girls face.
“OH MY GOODNESS!!!!”I reacted, which sent her calm demeanor into a frantic set of questions…
“What -what is it- is it bad- can you see it?”
When we prayed on the way to the ER, my purpose was to level the emotion in the car with calm. With peace in knowing that we don’t always understand His plan, and reminders that He’s good …His plans for us are good …and He loves us. A love that is so strong that when we cry out He hears every word. He is there, with us.
He was there in the car that day, as our evening was re-routed from dance class to the ER.
It was bad. Staple in the head bad.
1 John 4:18 reminds us why fear is unnecessary. Christ conquered it. What is there to be afraid of, when our God is bigger than all of our fears? Our reactions in frightful season say a lot about what we believe about God …about Jesus. When fear threatens to snatch our focus, we need to steer our thoughts to a solid plan of action.
1 Take control of the initial reaction. Somewhere in that heart of hers, my girl found the courage to pick herself back up off of the floor after her head slammed into the metal fire extinguisher box, and muster up enough composure to make it to the car pick line. Take control of the reaction and replace it with calm action.
2 Get to safe arms, fast.In her case, that was mom in the car pick up line right outside. The love we’ve built has bridged a trust in her heart that she can navigate up and over just about anything to get to me, counting on me to rescue her. It’s our goal, as parents, to eventually point that bridge right to God. Run fast to Him before our feelings make us frantic.
3 Trust our circumstances in the hands of Love. She sat on the ER bed with her legs crossed as usual, and patiently waited for the cottontail atop her head to numb the hurt. When the time came to put the staple in, she just wanted my hand. When we realize our lives are in God’s hands, we start to understand that He will get us through anything …even if it’s home to Him.
New hardware in place, she looked at the doctor and asked,
“Can I dance with this in my head?”
“Well, sure,” he answered …“when is dance?”
“Right now,” she stated matter of factly, “I’m late.”
(Insert room full of laughter…)
Father, Praise You for brave little ones. Thank You for the lessons that You teach us about Your love through their lives. Forgive us for letting fear kidnap our focus on You when calamity strikes, and help us to breathe deeply into Your love when unexpected hardship happens.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.