From Naomi: “Are you almost done?” I held my sweatshirt up over my nose.
As I stood there, trying not to breathe, I began to laugh. (Which in hindsight, is a terrible idea when trying to inhale as little as possible!) As someone who doesn’t particularly care for body fluids, I never fancied myself being the personal cheerleader of a little person who was trying to… well… poop. It isn’t the first time I’ve stood in the bathroom, literally cheering our kiddo on as they go, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. But in that rather unusual moment, God began to teach me about His greatness. He has such a way of doing that!
One of our children had several reconstructive bowel surgeries following birth. While this child can eat orally, the surgeries shortened the gut enough that there are side effects on a daily basis. Because emptying the bowels can be uncomfortable, this child had developed a habit of withholding. Maybe this feels like TMI, but stick with me. If you’re working in the adoption and foster care realm, there is a good chance you will encounter a child who does the same thing. Fear has a way of making us hold on to things it would be much better if we let go of.
Let me repeat that for you, fear has a way of making us hold on to things it would be much better if we let go of.
And God, in all His glory – in His righteous holiness – stands there, cheering us on to let go of the waste. He doesn’t push us aside until we can get it all together, or perfect our ways. Instead, He enters into the messiest places, puts up with the stench, and speaks words of life and encouragement over us.
What is it you’ve been holding on to, friend? What is it in your life that fear has convinced you to hold back?
When we hold on to the things we are not meant to hold on to, it can cause significant pain. Pain inhibits our abilities to respond in loving ways, and begins to effect the people around us.
What pain would be healed if you could let the waste go?
When we hold the waste in, it occupies space that’s created for something else. It impedes the purpose of that space, and compromises our ability to embrace that which is life-giving and sustaining.
What would you have space to receive if you got rid of the waste?
When the voice of fear tells us we can’t because it’s too hard or scary or painful, the voice of love reminds us that we can because He is with us, for us, and in us.
If there’s something you’ve been holding on to, I’d like to encourage you to let it go. Surrender whatever it is to God. Allow Him to cheer you on as you empty yourself of the waste, so you can be filled with the power of Holy Spirit. I promise, if you’ve been struggling to get through your days, or even moments, it doesn’t have to stay that way!
Naomi blogs at Living Out 127.
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“However motherhood comes to you, it’s a miracle.” Valerie Harper