Updated: Jan 26
"One more tuck in and goodnight hug, mom?" My almost six year old gently creaks open his door and peeps that little smirk out at me, his eyes wide.
"Of course!" I beam. I say of course every time, even though I tell them at bedtime, "this is really your last one for tonight". I am really good at boundaries with adults, but I stand no chance with my children (mostly kidding).
In our last last tuck-in today, Will brings wonder to the night as he often does. He is my moon after all. "Do you think there will always be hard stuff in earth?"
"Yes, baby." I have to tell him, and without a doubt it is followed by a why.
I want to tell him I wish I had all of the answers, but I have learned that I have a Rock who is higher than I that I can always, always give him. We are not helpless, mamas.
So we came back to the sight he and I share -- eyes that see the hard, the suffering, the confusing. Hearts that often long for different. Intuitive spirits that feel the urgency for breakthrough for it all. Compassion. Our eyes grow tired.
But then I remind him of the sight we are given. In Jesus we have eyes to see the kingdom, and sight to help establish it here in the in between.
So I gently remind him, "I know it's hard buddy. Earth feels a whole lot of ways and I know it's not always good and it's so hard to look at sometimes. But guess what? With Jesus, we have been given new sight. We have the power to think about things above, the promises of God. What promises do you know?"
He loves me.
He is everywhere.
He made me good.
And so, this Sunday night (or Monday as you may read it), we head into a new week with bright eyes to see with kingdom sight. And we empower our littles to see with theirs!
"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your sight on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." Colossians 3:1-4