If you’ve ever been involved in a car accident, you know the feeling that comes over you when preparing for the moment of impact. You brace yourself. Our bodies tense up. We might shut our eyes and possibly throw up a quick prayer, “Lord, help!”
Being in one particularly bad accident several years ago, I clearly remember those few agonizing moments. But it reminds me of how it feels when your child comes to you and says something like, “Mom, I have to tell you something.”
You brace yourself for what is to come—the moment of impact in which you are sure is going to cause some type of distress. Whether it’s anger, sadness, confusion or a mix of other emotions.
Then comes the hit. Sometimes it’s not as bad as you thought—other times it takes you into a tailspin. But eventually it’s over with and you are left to pick up the pieces.
Having several “moments of impact” with my children over the years, there is something I have learned. That quick prayer goes further than one might think. Because in that moment there is a desperation not normally experienced.
Sure, I pray on a daily basis for my children. And sometimes throughout the day. Yet nothing compares to those urgent, soul-wrenching cries for help.
When I recently had one of those, “Mom I have to tell you something” moments, after things had settled and I was left to process the situation…I couldn’t help but wonder how people do this parenting thing without the help of the Lord.
If you don’t have Him to rely upon, who do you call out to before that moment of impact? And then, who do you rely upon afterwards when you are trying to sort through the mess and carnage left behind?
Whether you have been hit head-on, from behind or sideswiped in your parenting, know that there is Someone you can call upon. The accident might still happen but we are never left alone to deal with the aftermath.
© 2012, Stephanie Romero