Sunday, February 24, 2013
Healing & Modalities
As the mother of 6 kiddos, I have met many a screaming children running into the house, dripping blood and sure they are headed to the ER as a reward for their fearless adventures. Having a 5:6 ratio of boys to girls certainly tips the scales in this category :o)
They have learned that they are sure to receive 3 types of band aids from me:
1 - 'Regular band aid' (to stop the dripping and save the flooring)
2 - 'Mommy band aid' (kiss)
3 - 'Jesus band aid' (prayer)
What a joy when the tears stop and they bound off to their next adventure, fully satisfied that they have received full healing from their tragedy and ready to take on the next challenge!
But what about the wounds that the rest of the world doesn't see? What about the ones that can't be stopped with a 'regular band aid' and that at times resist the love from a 'mommy band aid' & that are exhaustively covered with a 'Jesus band aid'....& they are still there?
What about the sensory disorganized child that laughs and begs for help one second and cries and refuses it the next? What about the child that moderates their environment through manipulation and although they love positive attention, it is not enough and they strangely crave the negative attention even more? What about the child that is rolling around on the floor, shrieking, "Why won't you help me?!" & when the 'Mommy kiss' reaches down to help, they shriek, "No! Don't pick me up!"? What about the child that struggles academically & try as they might, processing & attention difficulties stand between them & academic success? What about the child whose frame of reference was altered at such an early age that their sense of reality is often overshadowed with unrealistic expectations and confusion of emotions? And what about the child born with club feet, that are fully corrected, but is beginning to realize the challenges of feet that do not fit into shoes & ski boots without causing skin lesions?
I believe that The Great Physician is fully capable of healing every one of my children of every scrape, wound, challenge & illness without any help. "God's got this!" is the cry of my heart that is filled to bursting with faith in Jesus' healing power. However, in a world that is perfect no longer, we have chosen to become parents that embrace the delicate balance of Jesus' healing & modern medicine modalities. The modalities currently embraced at our home include: medication, neurofeedback training, biolite therapy, melatonin & time-ins (versus outs), just to name a few :o). Not to mention the highly individualized teaching techniques utilized for the auditory & otherwise processing challenged & attention deficit issues in our home.
Why share this information? Because we are not alone in this beautiful journey & it is lived more fully when we are real with others. Embracing the journey with zeal for every challenge and rejoicing for every victory is only made possible when we are real with our community of support. The 'modality' that is the most powerful and effective in our lives is the intense power of a million fellow prayer warriors that fall to their knees for one another daily. When we are weak, He is strong and when the names of our children leave the lips of our fellow warriors in sincere petition on their behalf - mountains move.
So, 'modality band aid' has now made it onto my list of band aids. Thankful that band aids are temporary & heaven is eternal. Until then, may we embrace every possible option to inch us closer to emotional, spiritual & physical wholeness knowing that the Great Physician's hand is ever present when we call upon His great name.