“It is the nightly custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for the next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day. If you could keep awake (but of course you can’t) you would see your own mother doing this, and you would find it very interesting to watch her. It is quite like tidying up drawers. You would see her on her knees, I expect, lingering humorously over some of your contents, wondering where on earth you had picked this thing up, making discoveries sweet and not so sweet, pressing this to her cheek as if it were as nice as a kitten, and hurriedly stowing that out of sight.” (Excerpt from the book, Peter Pan)
This excerpt from Peter Pan nails my heart as a mother. If only I could rummage through my children’s minds and put everything in place. Maybe remove the hurts I might have caused as well as the things that don’t belong there that have somehow been put there in their day. Increase those things that brought them JOY and wonderment. Tag those things that built up their faith and drew them closer to God so they never forget them. You get the picture.
Mrs. Darling is so precious in how she puts her children to bed then returns to them to tidy up things in their minds for the day and give them a fresh start for the next morning. I love how she gets on her knees…lingering over them….wondering…making sweet discoveries and the not-so-sweet.
We may not be able to go into the minds and hearts of our children but that’s okay. We have someone even better than us: The Lord. He knows the deep nook and crannies of the minds and hearts of our children. He is aware of how the sweet and not-so-sweet things get in there. God knows what they are feeling and why. Because God is so familiar with our children, how much more should we entrust them to Him?
In Lamentations 2, it says to “Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord! Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children.” In this verse, pour means “to pour out one’s soul; to be poured out in tears.” To pour out from our heart — with tears — from our soul — for our children before the presence of the Lord. And to pour out our requests, concerns and praises like water, easily flowing and never ending. We are called to do that. Our children are worth the time we spend on our knees for them. We need to “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.” (Psalm 62:8)
This verse also says “to lift up our hands to him for the lives of our children.” This part of the verse stressed again the importance of intercessory prayer for our children. A reaching out to God for their spiritual well being as well as care, direction and protection over all that they experience here on earth. Remember they were His before they were ours. Think on Psalm 141, verse 2 as you pray, “Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!”
Mrs. Darling has the right idea but it is God who will do all the tidying as we cover our children in prayer daily and give them to Him. I keep a prayer journal where I write down the prayers I pray over my children. I know they will always need covering plus I want to be vocal with God about all that concerns them.
So, like Mrs. Darling, let’s get on our knees for our children and, as believers, let’s allow God to do the tidying up in our children’s hearts and minds with each prayer we say for them.