The social anxieties and trauma our children faced this last year, have been overwhelming in my community here in central Pennsylvania. I have heard many stories personally from families with struggling children, teens, and even adults who are so overwhelmed by anxiety especially going back into larger social situations or in some cases just going outside or to anyplace with people. I could sit here and tell you about how much covid and our nations shut down is to blame but that is not the point of this story.
THE POINT IS….
“Jesus, how do we overcome this and walk in wholeness? How do we come along side our children and help them to rise above and start to live a full life again. How do we help our nation rise above the trauma we all experienced.”
Tonight, I was praying for my youngest who has been facing many struggles when it comes to crowds and larger social gatherings. It has nothing to do with covid but more with being overwhelmed by the noise and the pressure to make friends and being out of her comfort zone.
As I was praying, I had a vision that I believe is key in my daughters healing but I also believe is bigger then just us but really a sense of direction for what many are going through.
I had a vision of Jesus in an almost silly way hiding behind these really large wings. He came jumping out from under them to surprise me saying, “I have keys!”
I was too upset over the frustration of the day to laugh but sensed his desire for me to cheer up. I asked him what the keys were for and it was like he backed me up to reveal the big picture…really large beautiful feathered angelic wings were on my daughters back but they were so big I didn’t even see her at first.
I was overwhelmed by the size of them thinking, “Wow, they are beautiful. Maybe the keys add something to them or would start something to make them fly?”
I then saw him lift the wing up and I realized there was this really large lock on each of them and when he unlocked the wings it folded back to reveal the truth that these were not her wings at all but some kind of mechanical man made manipulation of what her wings should be. He then began unfolding and taking off the mechanics that had been place on her revealing beautiful hidden wings that were lighter and smaller but they were way more beautiful and advanced then the large balky ones she was wearing.
In that moment, I began to weep because the Lord began to speak to me about how these mechanical wings had been built by the expectation of man on how she should “fly” socially. Jesus revealed the key and unlocked and revealed the truth of who she really was. It came through our own repentance and changing our ways of helping them. No longer treating them like there is something wrong with them, but rather that they have been given a gift of connecting and flying differently then previous generations, when it comes to social situations and life in general, they are going to do it differently and that is ok and our pressuring them to conform isn’t going to fix there struggles. We may not have the answers always but we have the ability to give them a safe place to discover and grow even if it does look different.
He doesn’t see the outside social expectations of man as who they are. He sees the beautiful intricacies that will cause her to fly through sorrow and fear and arise on wings of blissful unrelenting joy.
You see, I believe we are moving into a new season and a different time. God is going to do a new thing with our kids and may use them differently then what we expect. These kids are growing and developing and although this past year has been hard on us, they are going to come out of this stronger and more resilient then we ever did. When we give them the freedom to discover what He is doing in them and just continue to provide the support, safe boundaries, and love they need, it leaves so much more room for the beautiful things he has in store for this coming generation. Not only have they overcome great things at an early age, they are also about to do something this world has never seen. They may not do things the way we did it, but I believe whatever they do, there will be beauty in it.
So the question is, how do we move forward with this. What I sense is a need to not look at there struggles as them being broken but rather as an opportunity to encourage them and love them through it without feeling like we need to provide the answers but rather the love and support they need as they grow.
“Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert. The beasts of the field will honor Me, Jackals and ostriches, Because I have given waters in the wilderness And rivers in the desert, To give drink to My people, My chosen. The people whom I formed for Myself Will make known My praise.”
Isaiah 43:19-21 AMP