How do you say goodbye?
When my children were babies they depended on me to do everything for them. Now, that they HAVE and ARE growing up, it’s time to let go and say goodbye to life as usual.
Recently, I’ve had to say goodbye to my college age daughter as she travels abroad for college studies. As I wave goodbye I have a deep sense of sorrow, joy, excitement and a heightened awareness that it’s time to say goodbye.
She’s no longer under my wings. She’s no longer even close enough for me to get to her if she needs help. I have to say goodbye, not forever, but for those times and moments that are pivotal,, not only in our lives but in the lives of our children.
Having peace in the “Goodbye?”
We say goodbye KNOWING beyond a shadow of a doubt that our children are in the “arms and under the safety and shadow of the Almighty’s wings.”
As part of me started to panic I quickly began to remember the very scriptures I taught my daughter when she was a young girl.
“I will not fear I will trust in God.”
I (we) need to TRUST that what we’ve prayed over our children has a binding power and a changing, lasting affect on our children as well as their lives and future. In times of fear, our children have to be ready to STAND in power, love, and in the truth of God. I find comfort in
2 Timothy 1:7
“For the spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
Be Anxious For Nothing
Easier said then done at times, but truly being anxious for nothing is an essential part of our faith walk. I believe when we truly lean not on our own understanding and in all our ways acknowledge HIM, is when we find rest and grow in our faith, which then helps us to trust in both large and small circumstances. Faith is like a muscle the more we extend our faith for the large and small circumstances in our lives, the more our (muscle) faith grows.
As I waved goodbye to my daughter at the International terminal, I had a strong sense of resolve that my daughter was safe and I rested in the fact that all those years of praying, teaching, and training, my daughter “up in the way she should go” would rise up in her spirit and soul when she needed it. After all, our children are just on loan to us from our heavenly father, they are priceless treasures entrusted to us for the short time here on this earth.
I would encourage all of us, whether we are sending them off to preschool, college, wedding, or the military, we need to pray for our children, endlessly and without ceasing. The power of prayer, and in prayer, isn’t anything you or I have. It’s the power and promise of God and who He is. It’s the power of our prayers to God that makes all things possible.
1John 5:14 tells us,
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that is we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” All we have to do is ask for Gods help
“Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.”
I don’t know about you but I’m in a season of prayer and believing. I hope this encourages you to be in a season of prayer for your children as well. Remember nothing is impossible if you believe!