As I was thinking about Lindsey and all of the energy that she holds in her tiny little body, I found this that I wrote about her a couple of years ago. I read it fresh and new and learned something in the processing. I pray you will, too! Have a blessed Monday.
Originally Written March 23, 2007
Butch and I were trying to remember how many tantrums Taylor has had in his lifetime -- he's 11 -- and there are not many. We remembered one this weekend when we went to Chattanooga for a quick getaway. Taylor was about 5 or so. I don't think Lindsey had been born yet. If she was with us, she was a mere baby. The whole thing escalated from the fact that I gave him a choice of where he wanted to eat lunch - anywhere except Taco Bell. Where did he want to go? Of course! Taco Bell! It was a fit, I tell you. I can't remember if we gave in and went to Taco Bell or not, but sometimes you have to have the wisdom that my grandmother has: "If they are screaming for a snake, give 'em a snake!" (I don't think that is really wisdom and, by the way, I don't endorse snake-handling for preschoolers!)
Lindsey, on the other hand, is a different story. We're trying to remember how early she had her first tantrum. I think she was about 6 months old. When I say that Butch always interjects, "No, more like 6 hours old!" She's got spunk, that's for sure! Just last night, she had a fit because rather than go to the brand new Spring Hill playground that is AWESOME, she wanted to walk down the street to the neighborhood playground. The comparison is something like this -- "Do you want to go to Chuck E Cheese or do you want to go to Disney World? Do you want to see 'a mouse' or do you want to see 'The Mouse?'"
The tantrums are bad, I tell you, but I have found something that works! I start singing this:
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus...
There's just something about that Name.
Master, Savior, Jesus...
Like the fragrance after the rain.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus...
Let all heaven and earth proclaim.
Kings and kingdoms will all pass away
But there's something about that Name.
It calms her down immediately and it settles me down, too. It's actually become "our song" -- mine and Lindsey's! If we ever hear it at church, I can always look back at Lindsey from the choir and see her big smile. Right after church, she always says, "Mommy, they sang our song today! Did you hear it?" I wish you could hear her sing it! She has a beautiful voice and to hear her sing the Name above every Name, well it is more than I can handle sometimes.
The truth is simple. The Name of Jesus is powerful. Scripture puts it like this:
"The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." (Proverbs 18:10)
When you look at the words "strong tower" and "safe" in the Hebrew language it translates to something like this:
"The name of the Lord is a mighty strong and elevated stage; when those who are chasing after God with all they have run to Him, He picks them up and sets them securely and safely on high -- far above circumstances, problems, fear, anger, worries and anxieties."
For Lindsey, that means taking her from a low state of emotions and setting her up a little bit higher to see that what she is striving for is not worth all of the fuss. For me, it means knowing that no matter what comes my way, I can run to the Father and He will lift me up above whatever is concerning me. That doesn't mean He always makes it go away. It just means that with God I can walk through it and not stand still in the midst of it and feel overwhelmed by it.
The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds' feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!
What is concerning you today? I'm sure it's way more serious than where to eat lunch or which playground to choose. It could be finances. It could be a serious illness. It could be a troubled marriage or a wayward child. Whatever it is, run to the Name that is above every Name, your Strong Tower. Let Him pick you up and place you on an elevated stage above it all.
But now, this is what the LORD says - he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead.
Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west.
I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' and to the south, 'Do not hold them back.' Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth - everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made." Isaiah 43:1-7