“My heart is a blob of melted wax in my gut.” Psalm 22:14
In Psalm 22, David told how his body was reacting to his stressful life. So, we know unhealthy stress is nothing new. However, psychologist and teachers are seeing an increased amount of stress in children.
I think of my childhood and how simple I had it. No influence from TV, until I was around seven or eight. There were no club sports–just barnyard pickup matches between neighbor kids, nor any after-school activities to interfere with precious play time. Mom’s rule was simple: Get your chores done and you can play until supper. There were no electronics, so no cyber bullying. Education was a priority, and yet my parents didn’t push me to be something I was not. Actually, they were too busy providing for our physical needs to be like the helicopter parents of today.
Years ago, I got a call from a mother of a ten-year old girl, who said, “Maddy has Thursday afternoons free, and I would like her to join your guitar class.” My first thought was, “If Maddy has one afternoon free, shouldn’t she just do nothing?” I told her I couldn’t accept her as a student. To his day I wonder if Maddy turned into a psychotic, stressed out, sickly adult with a heart heavy as wax–just like David.
Dear Lord, remind us when our heart begins to feel heavy from unhealthy stress, to chill out and find the source of pain. Amen.