Tuesday, August 10, 2010

My son - a Warrior

"But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart."  Luke 2:19

I can only imagine the depth and width of things the mother of God had to ponder, but I want to follow her example.
That's the purpose of this post.
I want to remember.

This morning I was wakened by wiggling at the foot of my bed.  

Prying my eyes in the dim morning light I noted that Clayton was trying to make himself comfortable with a pillow and blanket on top of my quilt.

Quietly I suggested that he cozy back into his own bed for the remainder of the dawn.

He collected his bedding and with head hung, slid off.

My eyes once again shut, I felt the whisper of his breath near my face.


"What sweetheart?"

Head near mine he asked,

"Can you pray for Bryce, that God will protect his spirit?"

Suddenly alert.  I assumed that this was inspired by his dreams but I didn't question.  

I pulled him into bed and drew him close.  

Then I prayed for Bryce, believing well it could be important beyond my comprehension or understanding.
I prayed that the Lord God would protect his spirit; 
his mind, heart, and body too.

I also prayed for his big brother.
And when I was done praying out loud, silent prayers continued to pour forth.

Then, we slept.

Later this morning I asked Clayton if he had a bad dream.

"Yes."  He replied,
"I dreamed that Zachary fell off the upstairs porch...
and I dreamed that an evil snake was trying to get into Bryce's heart and tell him terrible things."


You can chalk it up to the subconscious, but I know better.
There is a realm we do not see with our eyes, but  at times our other senses detect it.

I don't understand it, but I believe it.

Clayton has a heart that's  profoundly sensitive to spiritual things.
I'm so glad he didn't dismiss his discomfort.
I'm thankful he wanted to pray for Bryce.

I could learn a thing or two.

Bryce will likely benefit from Clay's prayers in ways he'll never know.
What a privilege to have a brother praying for him already!

This was a good opportunity to talk about listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit; 
to pray for those the Lord puts on our heart just out of the blue;
and to bring every concern before the Throne of God.  He will wage war on our behalf;  
He is faithful, and knows all about that "other" realm to which we are blind.

Lots to think about;
to ponder.

And so I do like Mary
and tuck this tidbit away in the recesses of my heart.

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, 
but against principalities, against powers, 
against the rulers of the darkness of this world.  
Against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Ephesians 6:12


Jess said...

Wow and Amen. So often I have prayed with my children over my prayers. I remember some terrifying and very real moments in the night when I was little and prayer is always my first port of call for night terrors in my little ones

Lady Jess said...

Wow! That is amazing, what a wonderful big brother!

Tiffany said...

That was amazing. Your blog posts brighten my days and I just love hearing about this unbelievably amazing family living in the woods somewhere up north. You and your son inspired me today. Just thought you should know. Have a wonderful day.

JMB said...

That was very touching. It touched my heart as a mother and my spirit as a christian. It makes my heart smile to hear things like that. Thank you for sharing. And hugs to that big brother!
Your Texas friend,

Momma Bug said...

Thanks all you Ladies, for your encouraging words and love.
Thanks for coming back to visit again and again.

We are pretty average in so many ways. We have all the usual hills to summit, but it is good to dwell on all the good work the Lord has wrought our life - He has blessed ME beyond measure so if I can proclaim His goodness just a little...
it's all worth it!


Grace McHugh said...

Thank you for this post. We do need to listen when our children speak, especially when it feels inconvenient to us. Thank you for this reminder. I love your son's heart.

gramsie said...

Wow, Ana--that leaves me shaking inside, and so thankful for this sensitive, beautiful little boy! I immediately prayed for Bryce and Zack too, as well as for our beloved Clay....thanks for sharing!

Niko said...

The spiritual realm is in all actuality the "reality" of our lives. It effects everything we do from our attitudes and moods, to our relationship w/God and other people. Just because we can't see the battle for our lives going on, doesn't mean it isn't happening. How blessed you are, Lene to have such a discerning son!

Diane said...

this brought tears to my eyes. I apparently missed a few posts a few months back.

How precious and touching and right and true. You are raising such amazing kids.
Blessings friend!