Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Mama Bear

Last week my 3rd grade daughter was on the receiving end of an explicitly violent threat at school.  I've never reacted like a mama bear before but I sure did on Friday.  I didn't growl, stand on my hind legs, and try to eat people but my blood pressure went off the charts.  I couldn't even process what happened, it didn't even seem real...at all.  She was petrified but mostly had hurt feelings.  This came from a kid my daughter calls friend.  Like me, my daughter is "friends" with everybody.  She mostly likes everyone and everyone likes  her.  So she was devastated at such words.   I have been pleased with how the school has resolved the situation and handed out punishment and counseling.  What a nightmare this was.  I was shaken up to say the least and felt unprepared for talking to my daughter in the days that followed.  My daughter didn't understand why I was so upset but let me tell you, she was glad I was and found comfort in her mama bear.  I assured her that teachers and the principal were going to make her safe at school.  I assured her that God would be with her no matter what.  

Have you ever had a mama bear response concerning your kids?  It's almost instinctual, primitive in a way.  Of course I know I love my daughter but I didn't know I had that kind of fire in me concerning her.  I haven't ever needed it I guess.  Bottom line?  It brought us closer because she knows that I've got her back and will go to the ends of the earth to keep her safe.  

Besides learning this...I've pondered God's potential response if I were in a dangerous situation. Would he notice?  Definitely.  Would he rescue me?  If it was for my good he would.  I'd like to think he would no matter.  But I do know that he will never leave or forsake us and that he has compassion on us.  In my opinion, we've got to tell our kids that as the opportunities present themselves.  Life can be scary.  God is all powerful and loves us; that should give us some peace.  At least for today.  I might have to ask for some more tomorrow...

Be lifted!
Sue

Hebrews 13:5b-6
...because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."  So we can say with confidence,  "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?

1 comment:

Becoming Me said...

Excellent post! My Mama Bear definitely comes in play when my children or husband are under any type of attack.