Mercies In Disguise
Hope is a beautiful young lady who was born with a congenital anomaly. School is challenging and life can be difficult.
Recently her mother shared a part of her journey.
I want to share a difficult moment for us last week. While Hope was at her speech class (she has private speech every Wednesday), she and her therapist were talking about how Hope can advocate for herself when something bothers her at school. The therapist gave her a bag full of Kamochi (I think that is their name)—they look like small emojis, with a face on one side and a feeling word on the other. She asked Hope to pick the Kamochi that expressed how she felt in school, and then the therapist called me in to see. Hope had selected “hurt,” “sad,” and “left out.” It nearly broke my heart.
When we got home, we started talking about the reality of those feelings. I told her that I too have felt hurt and left out before. And in those times, we don’t want to pretend that we are happy. We want to be honest about how we feel. But there is someone to whom we can give those feelings. We can give our hurt and sadness to Jesus, and He will give us His joy and love back. Hope said, “I am glad that Jesus loves me.” She has a plaque we got her over the summer that simply says, “You are loved.” When we gave it to her, we told her that we want her to remember that she is very much loved by us and by God. When I came in to give her a final kiss before I went to bed, I found her asleep with the plaque under her arm. Yes, Hope, sleep in peace. You are loved.
Is this a time of struggle for you? Be encouraged. The Father himself has given you His Covenant Love. Look for the mercies (covenant love) in disguise.