As my son lie on the ground, in the middle of the parking lot, screaming about how he doesn’t like school (he loves school) and he’s not going (he counts the hours until school), I silently took a deep breath. I started counting as I exhaled so I wouldn’t lose it. Crazy Mom Snaps at Preschool isn’t the headline I’m for which I’m aiming.
I calmly walk over to him, pick up his flailing body, sling him over my shoulders like a sack of potatoes and deposit him in his classroom. Once there I gently close the door behind me trying not to smash his little foot wedging the door open. I smile over my shoulder and sing, “Have a nice day.”
My meeting has already started and I know I will be arriving about half an hour late. ***sigh*** In light of the giant preschool meltdown, I wonder to myself why I even agreed to lead the small group. I know for me to arrive on time my morning will have to run like a well-oiled machine. My squeaky life always needs a good shot of WD 40!
As I climb back into my car, a thought hits me. Maybe my son’s sudden disdain toward an activity he loves is an onslaught of spiritual attack. I’m not one to see demons all around but this is just unexplainable. Then I remember a few nights earlier. A horribly embarrassing situation on a conference call where I thought I was on mute. For many minutes ***sigh*** thoroughly humiliating me and reinforcing the fact that I am in no position to “take on ministry” with my already full-of-mothering schedule.
Do you ever feel this way?
The Message says this, “Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping.” (1 Peter 5:8)
Ephesians 6 tells us to stand strong against the devil’s schemes. Some would argue that a screaming 4-year-old is a normal occurrence and not a spiritual attack. Others would say a loud distraction on a conference call is only an annoying oversight. I would say that any attempt to squelch a woman’s desire to share her life with other women is an attack. Sharing life is exactly how to live victoriously over the evil one.
“They overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony” Revelation 12:11 NIV (emphasis added)
I will post pictures as soon as I locate a camera chord. ***smiles***