“Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.” Psalm 62:8, NASB
I just dropped my baby girl off at her first community college class. I’m sitting in the parking lot writing this post and wondering where the years have gone.
This year, 2018, has been filled with joys and challenges. My eldest son’s marriage and my second son’s engagement surely top the “joy” list. And my third son’s gold medal at the Skills USA competition ranks up there, too. As for my daughter, I’ve watched her relationship with the Lord mature this year, which fills me with joy.
So what challenge has dimmed this year’s brightness?
My mama heart has been stretched in a new way. A painful way called RELEASE.
I used to think my children would stay little forever. I used to tease them, saying I’d put them in a ‘shrinking box’ to prevent them from growing up. Yet here they are … and here am I: on the cusp of my youngest embarking on her own in a few years.
I love my children beyond words. I also recognize a progression into godly adulthood is the best reality for them and for me. But knowing this and experiencing this are two different things. My heart aches for what used to be as I reminisce about the past.
I must let go. God has plans for each of my children’s lives that I don’t want to hinder by being a clingy mom. #Momlife #Trust Click To Tweet
God’s Word offers valuable examples of motherhood. If you’re struggling to release your children like I am, a biblical perspective will stabilize our steps—and hearts—as we journey.
JOCHEBED (Exodus 2:1-10) ~ She prepared a waterproof basket, placed her infant son inside, and watched him float away. I absolutely cannot imagine! Yet this godly mom entrusted her son, Moses, into God’s care. She used every ounce of wisdom and skill she possessed to nourish his life, and then she let him go.
Because Jochebed physically released her son, Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him. This experience afforded Moses unique training and education, which helped shape him into the man God used to lead the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage.
THE SYROPHOENICIAN WOMAN (Matthew 15:21-28) ~ She wasn’t an Israelite, meaning she wasn’t part of God’s chosen people. But she knew Jesus possessed power. In fervent faith, she begged the Lord to deliver her daughter from demon possession. When Jesus initially resisted her request, she refused to give up. She pressed on, reasoning with the Lord and eventually receiving His approval.
Because this mother released her daughter’s spiritual well being to Jesus, He rewarded her faith by casting the demon out of her daughter. This little girl experienced freedom in a profound way.
THE WIDOW OF NAIN (Luke 7:11-15) ~ This mother suffered devastating grief due to her son’s death. As his body was removed from the city, a crowd joined her while she endured the grieving process. Her only son was gone—she remained alone. Tears cascaded down her worn face.
Because this mom wept as she was forced to release her son entirely, Jesus felt compassion for her. He restored her son’s life and returned him to her. The Lord of life interrupted a funeral procession and caused blood to flow in this young man’s body once again.
Are you undergoing heart-wrenching emotions because you need to let go of your child? Take heart:
- Our God is sovereign, and He holds a plan.
- Our God is “a God of deliverances” (Ps. 68:20), able to free our children from evil influences.
- Our God is compassionate. He sees our tears and understands our pain. He alone can give life to our children, returning them to us in unimaginable ways.
Let’s trust the Lord, placing our children in His eternal hands—the safest and most hopeful place that exists. #MomLife #Trust Click To Tweet
In Christ’s Love,