What are you afraid of?
What do you dread?
I could make an exhaustive list, and most of the subjects of that list would be my family. I’ve felt a mom’s pain at her child’s wounding. I’ve even watched my son take exhausting, faltering steps at the age of 24. I’d do an awful lot to never see my loved ones suffer.
But I know it’s inevitable; we live in a fallen world.
How do we live a life wrapped in risk?
Rosaria speaks specifically to living a life wrapped in risk when she writes about motherhood. None of us is promised anything in this life, and a mom’s life can change in an instant.
What gets us through?
Butterfield writes poignantly of the loss and gain of adoption and motherhood, neither of which is an easy, rose-filled path:
“When God gives a childless couple a child of any age using the means of his powerful will, he has just moved a mountain in the hearts and families of men. When mountains move, the earth shakes. When you stand as close as we have to real life miracles, you will get roughed up. Mountains are big and we are small. A moving mountain can crush us. Splinters fall from the cross. They travel a long distance and they pierce the skin—maybe even the heart. And wrapped in this risk and danger is God’s embrace and promise to work all things (even evil ones) to the good of those who love him.”
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
As Rosaria goes on to point out, this doesn’t make us Pollyannas. We can’t deny the “razor edges of a fallen and broken world.” Our lot is to take the bitter with the sweet. And the difference between the two? Our perspective. Our worldview. Sharing His perspective makes all the difference.
If we never step outside the personal experience we have crafted—the life we want for ourselves— we’ll never get His perspective. When we let go and let God take hold of our lives, we “exceed ourselves as we stretch to Him.”
Will you join me as I stand on the promise … and stretch toward Him?