remedy

I flip the blinker on and wait at the stoplight as Adele's voice hums through the speakers. 

When the pain cuts you deep
When the night keeps you from sleeping
Just look and you will see
That I will be your remedy

As the light turns green and I turn left onto the street, I think about how I read once on the internets somewhere that she penned this song as a love letter to her young son. 

When the world seems so cruel
And your heart makes you feel like a fool
I promise you will see
That I will be, I will be your remedy

I'm a big fan of Adele and her music. She's ah-mazing. And it's clear from the song that she not only adores her dear boy, but wants/hopes to be the cure for any difficulties that come his way.

No river is too wide or too deep for me to swim to you
Come whenever I'll be the shelter that won't let the rain come through
Your love, it is my truth
And I will always love you


As a fellow mama, I can relate. 

When my son falls, I'm there to lift him up. When he's sad, I wipe his tears. When he smiles, my heart swells and I smile back. When he's discouraged, I encourage. When he's afraid, I wrap him up in my arms. 

Yes, I do all of those things. 

But I will never be the remedy. 

I could swim oceans for him, but I will never be the cure for his life's troubles, for his fears.
Oh, how I long to always be able to take the hard things away, but I can't. As fierce and loyal and strong as my love is for my boy, it's not perfect or infallible. 

But Jesus. 
HE IS and promises to be the perfect remedy. 
The cure for those fears and failings. 
The healing for the sin-stained heart. 
True comfort, peace, and love. 

For my son. For me. For you. 

When the pain cuts you deep
When the night keeps you from sleeping
Just look and you will see
That I will be your remedy

So as I raise my son, I show him Jesus. I point to Him and to His cross.

As I smooth the covers at bedtime, as I wipe my son's tears from his cheek, as I hold his hand as we cross the street. As I read God's Word to him at bedtime and teach His commands during the daytime. As I sit next to him in the church pew and as I cheer him on at baseball games. As we hug when circumstances knock him to his knees and as we drive down the street singing along to the radio. 

When the pain cuts you deep
When the night keeps you from sleeping
Just look and you will see
That I will be your remedy


“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” ~1 Peter 2:24