THE TOT MAFIA
My little 2yr old niece likes to abuse me – no, literally. Instead of saying “Hi Auntie Sara”, she makes her presence known with a slap or a pull or a ‘I’m gonna get you’ look. As if she is the President of the Tot Mafia she tries to bully me for no reason staring me down. I mean she is trying to intimidate me into submission with her little squinchy squeezy eyes and huff puff self. I’m wondering if I close my eyes if she is going to ninja me in my sleep or what!! Not sure what Dora is teaching her but my son is having none of it (Captain America music playing now).
One day Landon caught her hitting me. Because I am a damsel in distress and obviously weaker, I need a hero. My Tonka truck of a son rushes over in full line backer fashion, plants himself solidly between me and her and says, “Don’t hit my Mod-derr!” Ta na na, Ta na na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye … he grabs my skirt and makes it known in no uncertain terms there’s about to be a Bully Beatdown. Though my niece has the sneak attacks, my son has brute and I mean brute testosterone strength. My niece backs away and I have finally been avenged. I wonder if I could just strap him to my chest and wear him around all day in case someone else wants to sneak attack me … nah, I probably would get a hernia!
My nemesis and my hero leave me and go back to being BFF’s and aggravating each other. I think to myself, how cool is that? How cool is it to have someone who is bigger than your enemy defend you? No, my niece is not my enemy – she’s a snugglebug.
My niece and my son
In life we are bound to face someone or something that sneak attacks us. If we focus on the attack, we will miss the defender. When my niece comes I don’t run after her and beg her to be my friend, I don’t cry and fall out, I don’t go and tell it to her parents – no I stand there sure because I know I am bigger than the situation that’s at hand. I know I have more strength than it may look like. I know I have the upper view. I know I have a defender that’s stronger than my circumstance, my boss, my spouse, my whatever.
God is our refuge, God is our strength, a very present help in time of trouble – Psalm 46:1
No matter what you are dealing with today, I want to encourage you that you can be confident that if there is trouble, there is also present help. Don’t allow yourself to be intimidated and overrun by toddler problems when you have a giant amount of strength available to you on the inside. Stand strong, help is one the way!
Has there been a time you didn’t feel equal in strength to the problem you were facing? How did you get through it?