How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them:
They will not be ashamed
When they speak with their enemies at the gate.
~ Psalm 127:5 ~
I am like any other mom; I worry about the bumps & bruises. I try not to think of any thing bigger than the occasional scrape. But I will admit there is one area in which I really worry, sometimes to the point of heartbreak. I obsess about my son's future. It terrifies me to think of what sin they might struggle with or what this world might do to my children. If you've ever read any of my other posts, you know how serious I take my responsibility of raising up men of God. Thankfully, my fears send me to my knees, pleading on behalf of my boys.
Recently at my women's bible study we were discussing the thorns in our lives and how God uses them in our lives to create dependence on Him. One dear women was sharing her current struggles with her son and confirmed my worst fears. She shared how she has questioned God, "Lord, I have spent his entire life praying for him, why is he doing this?" The answer God gave her spoke volumes to me...
What is the purpose of a arrow? To go beyond where we can reach- to accomplish what we can not.
We pray for a full quiver, and then hope that they will shoot straight & true. Once they leave the bow, they will be affected by the world around them. We must trust the One who created the arrow. It became very clear to me that my boys will encounter this world and my fretting will not help them or add a day to my life. While I would pray that they be spared from any heartache and they never make a wrong decision, a wiser prayer would be that whatever comes their way would turn them toward their heavenly Father and create a dependence upon Him. I worry about them being out of reach & control. And yet that is the very thing they are meant for - to fly beyond me and do so much for the Lord. So now I pray that they would shoot straight & true, that they would sail far beyond what I could ever do for the Lord, and that whatever they encounter would strengthen them, humble them and no matter their failings in the end bring glory to Jesus Christ.
If you're a mom like me, you worry. Well I am here to encourage you to take it one day at a time and relinquish all control, or illusion of control to Jesus and hope in His great plan for your kiddo. He will give you peace beyond understanding and when those thorny days come, the strength and comfort to endure them.