This sight in Badlands National Park made my mama heart melt! One of the most difficult tasks of moms is to trust God with our grown children, and I’m ashamed to admit it.
It’s not that we can’t let go. I mean, really, what choice do we have? They grow up and go, and we can’t do anything about it. Not that we would. We want them to have a happy life, with a great marriage, the joy of children, their own home, a job they were created to do. That’s why we did what we did as moms.
What I mean is trusting God with them. When they were babies, we felt we had some control. We put boundaries of safety around them. They slept in a crib and played in a playpen. They rode strapped in a car seat and belted in a stroller. They ate in the confines of a high chair. As they got older, the boundaries got wider, but they were still there. They played in a fenced yard and rode in a booster seat, and we knew their friends’ parents. As they reached the teen years, the boundaries became less physical, but they were still there. We knew their friends, where they were going, and they had a curfew. They came home every night, and we could tell if they were ok or not.
And then, too soon, they were grown – and gone. It can be a mean world with mean people. There’s so much temptation and evil, and it just gets worse. Even if they’re trying to live life honoring God, sometimes really bad things happen. We can’t be there with them all the time to check and make sure they’re really ok.
And then we remember – there’s still a boundary of safety we can surround them with.
“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16b.
The boundary of prayer is more secure than any rails or fence or house rules. When we pray God’s Word for our children, the power of God surrounds them, and there’s no security greater than that. He will work in ways that confound us and astound us. Many times, we won’t even understand. But we can be sure, that within the safe boundary of prayer, our children are more secure than anywhere else. #bighorn #yes