I wrote in my last post about Jesus proving himself in every day life. I’m so convinced by this, that as the Father gives us the True Bread of heaven, we have someone incredibly powerful to share with others. Someone who wants to prove who his Father is and prove himself in every day life.
Last night Jesus proved himself at home. Now it might not seem that exciting. It may not seem like one of those ‘wow’ moments. But to me, to see Jesus at work is always a ‘wow’ moment, whatever he’s doing.
So, this is how it went. For some time there have been a few discipline issues at home (and not just at home, wherever really!), it has been a challenge to say the least! Yesterday whilst we were out for a Father’s day outing we had some more issues. And I knew there was much more to it. I’ve known for a while, but haven’t known what to do about it. It was like the time hadn’t come. John Anderson in Jesus, The Inner Spring has a great phrase. “Morning came, and there stood Jesus.” Morning came in this situation yesterday evening. If that makes sense!
After dinner at home, I was sat at the table and my eldest boy just put his head down on his arms. I felt led to stroke his head, and whilst I did that I asked quietly inside me “Father, show us what’s going on.” After a few minutes he lifted his head up and he’s in tears. I asked him if he wanted to go to his room to talk so we did. I knew Jesus was at work, I could see him working.
We went upstairs and the first thing he said was, “I don’t know where it came from, but while you were stroking my head at the table, Grandma came to my mind. I could see her, and I was upset and angry. I think I’ve been upset and getting angry, but I don’t know what to do about it.” I explained that whilst I had been doing that, I asked the Father to show us what’s going on, and we agreed that he had definitely done that!
He has seemed OK about things, but it turns out that he has been upset and that makes him angry, but he doesn’t want anyone to worry or think he’s weak. And he doesn’t want to take away from my other son who has also had his own things to work through.
We talked, cried and prayed together for an hour.
We talked about how it’s OK to be weak, but to know exactly who we receive strength from. We received Jesus together as Peace. We cried together a lot, and that’s something that is extremely special I have found. To “weep with those who weep.”
He was very different after. There was a hardness that had been melted away, a peace in him and upon him, and a tenderness and compassion that hasn’t always been evident recently.
This is Jesus at work in every day life.
Eat the Bread, drink the Living Water. Jesus will prove himself!