A Heartbroken Five Year-Old

A Heartbroken Five Year-Old

The late afternoon thunderheads were beginning to build outside my car window while a hail storm of tears ranged on inside. For a solid hour my heartbroken five year-old daughter hysterically wept. Her best friend moved to Oregon two days ago and the reality of the situation was finally setting in. Lela was swimming in the heaviness of her first broken heart. I felt helpless because there was so little I could do to ease her pain. As a mom, I knew this would be the first of many heart breaks to follow. I did not want to patronize her tender emotions with false hope. I was searching for a way to help my little one work through this hurt. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed a beautiful rainbow appearing across the sky. Thank you Lord for that rainbow! We pulled over and for ten minutes watched as this magnificent arch filled the sky with hope! God was renewing Lela’s hope. He was promising her new friendships. Just as the rainbow was drifting out of sight Lela joyfully declared, “Mom, I feel love shooting out of that rainbow straight into my heart! My tummy is a little sad but my heart is happy!” Change and heartbreak can produce a storm of emotions in anyone’s life. At times these sorrows can feel like a hurricane, downpour, or light shower. Seeing heartbreak through the eyes of a five year-old has taught me a few things… Allow yourself sometime to grieve. Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us there is a time for everything including morning (Ecc. 3:4). Here is the important part…remind yourself about the promises of God! Dive into the word, pray and reread old journals. Take a moment to stare into the “sky.” You will see the rainbow beginning to appear as you surround yourself in His Word and His presence! Here are a few scripture references to get you started.  Philippians 1:6, Matthew 5:4, Revelation 3:20, John 14:27, and 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Lela said it best, “My tummy is a little sad but my heart is happy.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says it like this, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” The following morning Lela’s first question out of her mouth was, “Do I start my new school today?” I laughed when I realized even five year-olds try to rush God’s timing! Lela will only have to wait a few weeks before she sees the promises of God being fulfilled in her life. For others of us it may take years before we see the fulfillment. Rejoice in Him because, “I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Philippians 1:6). Share...