Linda Wood Rondeau

Snark & Sensibility

BATTLE WITH A BUMBLEBEE
1/3/2017 1:00:00 AM by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

Excerpt From

I Prayed for Patience God Gave Me Children

 

Fear not the bee. Fear only his sting

 

 


As a single mother, I was the children's sole protector. The job of bodyguard seemed a bit overwhelming at times. So when the little ones were safely tucked into bed for the night, I occasionally allowed myself the luxury of a lengthy bubble bath. The long hard day seemed to melt away with the steam.

One night while enjoying this occasional privilege, I heard a familiar humming sound. Then I spied the enemy, a gigantic bumblebee. With the exception of spiders, snakes, and bees, I am not easily intimidated. As a little girl, I was stung badly, and the memory lingered through adulthood. Just the buzz will throw me into a state of panic.

The bee hovered over my bathwater and blocked my exit, keeping me a prisoner. As I pondered a safe exit, the sound of a crying baby made my heart sputter. No matter how fearsome this enemy, my child needed me. With my towel as a sword, I waged war against the mighty bee, smiling victoriously when its carcass hit the floor. I threw on my robe and hugged my baby, glad when his wails turned into giggles.

Parenting is not for the fainthearted. We are besieged in every direction with our worst fears. Will we ever get those brownies made and be on time for work? We sigh with relief when the children climb on the school bus, then turn around and find the lunch pails lined up on the counter. These aggravations pale in comparison to the sleepless nights fighting fevers and waiting for prom attendees to return home.

And we worry because Janie’s boyfriend rides too close to the wild side for our liking. We choke with fright during broken bones from football games and sprained wrists from
cheerleading practices. Our children are vulnerable, and the weight of responsibility presses upon us. Every decision we make on their behalf impacts their future.

God promised He would stand on our right side and our left

A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD

He has vowed to be our shield against any arrow the enemy hurls our way. Within that knowledge, our fears subside. We are free to battle with confidence.

Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me;
even then will I be confident
(Psalm 27:3)

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