Gasps for air between desperate cries deliver her message without words.
She has come to the prayer group because her child has fallen into a pit.
As we prayed it became evident, her son was in this crater for a moment in time, for his own protection. A short season, to avoid a plummet to death over an unseen cliff. We praised Jesus for the pit and His infinite wisdom and mercy during this time.
Excruciating for a mother’s heart to see but necessary as the Lord instructs and moves. This pit creates a crisis of desperation. In the dark, you are forced to ask where will I turn? You have reached the end of self-reliance, all the old strategies have failed. Now what? If your child is under the discipline of the Lord do not attempt to “save” them no matter how painful it is for you to watch. Pray for discernment to know when to bind the enemy and when to rest in the sovereignty of His discipline.
In the Bible see (John 10) Jesus is compared to a good shepherd who wields his shepherds’ hook with mercy and love. Let’s look at a shepherd’s hook. It is a long, brutish device designed to clobber, restrain and move the sheep. Yet when used in the hands of the good Shepherd it guides, protects and disciplines His chosen people. I concede I am a mother completely untrained in the wielding of the hook. There is no doubt in my desire to rescue, I would kill them.
When we attempt to “save” our children impossible questions come to taunt us. At what angle should the shepherd’s hook be created to ensnare the animal’s neck, how will I not crush the larynx in the process? How do you pull them out of a pit without falling in yourself? You are their mother not their Savior. You were not designed to have all the answers. Your job is to take your desperation and pain to the Lord. We dare not trust in the hook itself but fully trust in the Lord- the good Shepherd.
The Creator has intimate knowledge of His creation; our shortcomings, struggles and the very things we need to survive. His knowledge of us and His wisdom of How to guide, protect and save us should not be bypassed. Do not run ahead and attempt to clear the way for your child, those “obstacles” train their hearts for battle.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil.” Proverbs 3: 5-7
Who or what do you run to when you are in trouble?
If your answer is the Lord you know the process is painful but ultimately freedom will be found. Allow your child to find this freedom.
Prayer: We ask for Your wisdom in this time of anguish to know, is this pit a location for surrender or a plan of the enemy. We submit to Your design for this pit and bind the designs of the enemy in Jesus name. You have our permission to use the shepherd’s hook to guide, protect, discipline, and steady us and our children. We do not know the future but you do. We hear Your voice, help us to obey it. We acknowledge You have the better way. Lord Jesus, we praise You for pouring out Your Spirit on our offspring and for blessing our descendants. So that they spring up like trees amid the grass, their roots run deep to receive the Living water You freely give to Your redeemed. We praise You, Jesus. Amen. (Isaiah 44)