I was certain there was danger in those grapes and she needed my protection.
Have you ever peeled a grape? Not an easy task at all. I peeled her hot dogs too. Again I was certain she could not chew it without the skin being removed. Then as she grew, she only liked them without the skin. I peeled her hot dogs until she was five years old.
Even when she was little, I could sense a need for protection. Extra protection, more than normal. I can only explain it because I do not feel the same urgency for Emily or Sam. Sure, I protect them. An love on them. An watch out for dangers. Probably put too much neosporin on boo boos and pray too much for things God already has covered. But I don't feel anxiety over staying ahead of them for everything they do.
But for ally? It has always been there. And I can't even begin, nor do I want to, to explain the countless times this child had put herself in dangerous situations. Scary horrible tv drama kind of situations. And no matter how hard we try we keep seeming to circle back.
Back into the yuck that keeps surfacing. And here we go again, back into battle. And it is a battle, a spiritual war between what is evil an of the enemy and this world against God and the beautiful things He prepares for us.
It will never be explained to me any other way. We are at war. I am certain that all of this ugliness is going to build a beautiful testimony in my daughter. And it is going to be amazing. But we just seem to be struggling to get her there.
And it is far from over I'm afraid. Many times I know The Lord has reminded me to suit up and stay prepared, it's going to be a long journey.
It makes me laugh sometimes to remember all of the things we do for our babies to keep them safe. Little do young parents realize the true dangers they are up against down the road.
I am thankful to God for His provision. He is the One who is loving enough to peel my grapes for me.
Pray for your children daily. Young or old- they need your intercession. Listen to what He says in response. And when He doesn't respond, keep praying.