Love One Another Day 20 | Mark 12:30 - 31
I read this mornings verse and was blown away by God's timing. Isn't it funny how He always seems to know just what we need to hear, exactly when we need to hear it? He is so faithful like that.
I woke up this morning a bit bitter. My 3 year old is not sleeping well due to others waking her up at night. Her room unfortunately is the loudest room in the house. You literally hear everything in her room. Her room shares a wall with the upstairs bathroom. At night everyone uses it. Therefore every time the water get's turned on, the toilet flushes, a light gets turned on, the door opens or closes the sound is seriously magnified just in her room.
Unfortunately as a result she is constantly woken up at night. At first I found myself frustrated by this. I would then turn that frustration towards my 3 year old as if she "chose" to wake up. How silly of me.
Lately I have been falling asleep in her room with her, or allowing her to sleep with me when she gets woken up, or is scared of the dark. Why? (against many suggestions otherwise?) Because even with our kids, we need to love as we would LOVE OURSELVES.
If I was 3 1/2 and heard funny sounds at night and I wanted my Mommy to be close to feel secure, how would I want my Mom to treat me? Would I feel loved and cherished if she pushed me away or got angry because I was scared? Of course not! I would want her to welcome me with open and loving arms with kindness and understanding of my fears.
I know these moments too will pass. It is just a season, so rather than complain and be frustrated about the loss of sleep, I will LOVE her the way I would LOVE myself if I were her. I will show kindness, compassion, and selfless service. I will be OK with her sleeping next me or me sleeping in her room if it means I can serve and comfort her in this way...BECAUSE "this is the greatest commandment...to love your neighbor (even your kids) as you love yourself."