sometimes i tuck away glimpses of love and sometimes i even share them here:
As much as I love being outside, I do not do bugs at all. Nope. I am such a girl when it comes to them. Bugs, snakes, rats, mice, um, no thank you very much. Ticks and leeches especially creep me out. They make me jump, gag, and run away.
Needless to say when I heard that some kids had been walking in the woods and may have ticks on them, my prayer was please don’t let them get on me! I turned away when one little girly found one and promptly went to bring it to the bathroom. I cringed and then tried not to think of it. Only…my eyes spotted the nasty, crawling bug on my boy’s FACE. He didn’t notice. I tried to tell him to get it off, but he couldn’t tell where it was and started to brush the crawling tick. Only this plan epically failed so that the tick was crawling toward his EYE. Seriously. My mind went into over drive thinking: “Oh my goodness what if the tick crawled in his eye and got stuck. Or what if you can’t ever get it out or like he loses his eye.”
So, I kicked into action and got that bug off his face into a napkin. I let another brave boy who actually likes bugs dispose of it.
Now for the Jesus Juke because that’s how my head works.
My little man didn’t “do” anything wrong. He didn’t go anywhere he wasn’t supposed to go. He went on an adventure that happened to include some potential danger.
Maybe. Just maybe. Sometimes when we’re walking along the path something foreign comes flying at us and latches on trying to hurt us. Sometimes it does hurt us. badly. horribly. to the core. Even though we went in with innocence, sometimes those ticks dig in their teeth and leave scars and open wounds. BUT that doesn’t mean someone who loves us can’t come in and get that nasty tick off that we can’t get.
Sometimes maybe we need to turn to look at Love and be willing to let Love touch us. To let love remove what is harmful even when we can’t see it or feel it.
See, Love doesn’t shy away from the messy, hard parts of life, but engages and connects especially when we’re trying to hide. That’s what He did in the garden. And He’s still doing it today.
Love is calling out our name.