At the preschool where I work, during “nap time”, I sat by one of my little students who had a rough morning. As I draped my fingers lightly down her face and rubbed her blanket covered tummy until she fell asleep, my eyes wandered to another little one 2 nap mats away.
This one is special to me as I believe her mom is struggling with addiction and/or relapses since a rehab experience in September. 2 months ago, as nap time approached, this little girl would say repeatedly in a state of absolute panic,
“Will I wake up?!”
But this day, just a few days ago, she was wired. Not necessarily anxious that I could tell, just flopping around like a fish out of water, trying all kinds of positions to get comfortable.
I got up as I sensed the Lord nudging me her way. As I began to walk,
I envisioned myself
blessing her with peace, with my hand on her forehead…& her just falling right to sleep.
Simple. But highly improbable. Here’s the thing. I had nothing to lose. Some thoughts are our own. Some are straight from the enemy of our soul. And some are from God’s Spirit. I do not believe that thought, or vision was my own.
It was the Lord’s thought in MY mind.
Imagine! It’s got to happen so much more than we realize. For the Word of God says:
We have the mind of Christ himself. We have boldness and access to the Father.
So I walked over and did just what I (He) thought to do. I bent down, pressed my hand against her head and said, I bless you with peace in the Name of Jesus. May you have peace and comfort not just here and now, but at home as well. May you sleep …”
and even before I finished this declaration, she laid flat on her back, of her own volition, positioned both arms by her sides, and closed her eyes. This was just as encouraging as it was surprising to me. As I continued for just a bit longer, I watched her face. She was completely motionless. Relaxed. Not even her eyelids were moving. Within those maybe 2 short minutes of declaring, her body came under submission to the words of God.
I believe it, because I saw it. She was out. I am believing still, for more peace to manifest in her home.
We have a Great Power at work within us.
How incredible and humbling this is. Ephesians 3:20 gives us this promise.
We have it…at work…already within us. My next question then would be,
What if we let it out more?
Lord Jesus, keep speaking – we want to hear your voice, we want to recognize it as YOURS, and see your beloved ones as you see them. Treat them as you treat them.
Love them as you love them.