Just Write {24}

February 28, 2012

It was a hard afternoon. Sometimes I’m just struck with the heaviest feeling, my whole body going kind of weak and I’m just done. I was sitting on the bed with Asher standing next to me. He was looking up at the wall at a vintage print we have of a boy going fishing. I was sitting hunched and staring at him, taking him in and I said, Asher, I love you.

He didn’t seem to hear me because he looked right at me suddenly and very seriously said, How come you can’t see God?

That’s a good question, honey.

Mommy. Lift your head up. Look up. And ask Him.

So I did, kind of awkwardly, God, why can’t I see you? and it kind of made me want to cry.

I told Asher that I think I can’t see God because He’s a mystery, a good mystery and that what we find out about Him is always about love.  

He bounced up and down then. He said, Yeah! He’s a mystery! A good one…He bounced right out of the room saying, And He blends into everything! 

Everything. Even blending into the going through the motions until the heavy passes. 


This is the 24th installment of Just Write, an exercise in free writing your ordinary and extraordinary moments. {Please see the details here.}  I would love to read your freely written words so join me and link up below. You can add the url of your post at any time. Just be sure it’s a link to your Just Write post, not to your main page. Then please link back to this post in your post so people know where to go if they’d like to join in.) (Any links not following those two guidelines will be deleted.) 

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Galit Breen February 28, 2012 at 7:34 am

It’s these “little conversations” that take my breath away. And my hunch is, it’s also these that make the mist impact.

Well done, Mama.
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Tricia February 28, 2012 at 7:38 am

What a beautiful moment. Even on my heaviest feeling days, it’s little moments like these that make me feel even just a little bit lighter.

Emily February 28, 2012 at 7:41 am

I loved this post….thank you for your beautiful writing!

adriel @ the memos February 28, 2012 at 7:43 am

“He blends into everything.” What a gem from your wise little teacher.

Aren’t you glad you write these things down? *sigh*

Adventures In Babywearing February 28, 2012 at 8:08 am

Wow. Asher’s got a direct line into Him, you think? :)

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Delilah @ Semi Domesticated Mama February 28, 2012 at 8:50 am

Thanks so much for hosting! I enjoy reading all the submissions each week. Have a great day!

CJ February 28, 2012 at 8:57 am

Ah, I think someone was sending you a message through your little man!

Alison@Mama Wants This February 28, 2012 at 9:11 am

I truly believe that our children are our teachers. Beautiful post, Heather.

chandra February 28, 2012 at 9:32 am

Such sweet words and wisdom from a young soul. It’s amazing how a hard day can be turned around with new perspective and comfort. Loved this!

suzanne @ pretty swell February 28, 2012 at 9:37 am

Beautiful. I love this.

Lily is four and just starting to ask about God. I find myself answering her in ways that surprise me. Didn’t realize I had this in me. :)
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Dara Dokas February 28, 2012 at 10:19 am

How can children, especially young ones, have such insight? We adults sometimes move too fast to stop and think about such things. I love when we are reminded to do so, like you son did for you.
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Jenn February 28, 2012 at 11:27 am

Goodness, sometimes they ask the hardest questions, but I am always amazed at how they always teach us about God through their child like faith! Awesome!
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Katybeth February 28, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Out of the mouths of children…”he blends into everything.” The world feels a little tough and mean today and this is such a comforting thought.

Stephanie Hanes February 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Oh Heather…this is absolutely beautiful. I love how little ones can remind us of such a simple truth that is so hard to remember as an adult.
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Amanda February 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Oh my god, Heather. This is a totally beautiful piece of writing. Asking, “Why can’t I see you?” It almost made me cry, too.
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Erin February 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Your kids are so intuitive! It honestly blows me away. I just love the stories you share that show their little voices.
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Gianna February 28, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Nothing can happen with the fuzzies until you admit they are there. I have been where you are. You are doing this right!

Crying out to God even at the suggestion at your child is the best thing to do!
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nicole February 28, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Oh man. A gut punch from a little boy. Beautiful.
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JCK (Motherscribe) February 29, 2012 at 12:32 am

Oh, I love that Asher. And you, for capturing this moment.
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Jade @ Tasting Grace February 29, 2012 at 12:53 am

This part: “So I did, kind of awkwardly, God, why can’t I see you? and it kind of made me want to cry” got me. Real deep. It really did.
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Emily Waugh February 29, 2012 at 11:30 am

Heather, I’m right there with you. Though yesterday was finally a good day, I carry the “heavy” a lot. And God has a way of making me cry, too. Sending love….
And thanks for hosting this cool writing challenge. :)
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Just Jennifer February 29, 2012 at 3:36 pm

That was a really cool little encounter with your kiddo. Love when they ask questions like that, and really listen to the answer.
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kulasa March 6, 2012 at 7:47 am

oh, that is beautiful….children often ask the most sensible of questions…

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