Colorado Life Coach: Jesus In The Janitor’s Closet
I pictured the closet.
It was dark inside, so from the outside, I couldn’t see anything.
As I moved closer, I could make out the shape of a baby. You know how babies pull their legs up under their bottoms? The baby only had on a diaper, and was the cutest thing!
As I moved closer to the closet, I could tell someone was holding the baby.
I looked around the closet: dirty water in a pail, mops, rags, trash.
I wasn’t literally standing near the closet. You see, I almost died the day I was born and my parents called their priest. He baptized me in the janitor’s closet at the hospital. For most of my life, I’ve felt like a bucket of need. I didn’t understand where it came from until I studied attachment theory.
A healthy attachment is crucial for relational and emotional security. My attachment was disrupted because I had to spend my first 8 days of life at Children’s hospital without my parents. There’s more to it than that, but I believe this caused anxiety in my life.
In my early 40’s I attended a healing ministry for several weeks. Part of this experience included each participant asking Jesus to show us where he was when difficult events happened in our lives. My mind went to the janitor’s closet. I related to the trash, the dirty water, the bucket (of need, in my case).
I asked Jesus where he was and I saw the closet. Then I saw the baby–it was me.
Someone was holding me. It was him!
He held me against his chest and stroked his hand from the top of my head, down my back, and around my bottom. Then I realized he was speaking to me. It’s OK. You’re OK. I’m right here. You’re going to be OK.
Suddenly I realized why that scene impacted me so much.
Whenever I felt anxious, I wanted to curl up and have Bob run his hand from the top of my head and down my back. I wanted him to tell me everything was going to be OK.
I wanted him to be Jesus for me.
I finally understood that Jesus had been with me from the start. He never left me alone. He knew I’d feel afraid and he was there assuring me I’d be OK.
Now when I feel anxious and Bob holds me like that, I feel Jesus reassuring me and I calm down.
Jesus met me in the janitor’s closet, he’s been with me every moment of my life, and he’ll never leave me.
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This post written by Colorado Life Coach, Carrie O’Toole.