With growing kids, I truly want with every fiber of my being to wrap them in bubble wrap and orchestrate their every move, always keeping them close to Jesus and to mama. However, although I want to do EVERYTHING for them, I know that in doing EVERYTHING for them, I do them an enormous disservice, and so frequently, we step back. Way back. Let them go and watch them fail. Watch them struggle. It is a painful process to watch sometimes and an internal struggle for the Hubby and I on WHEN to step in.
It is so hard to watch your kids grow through the tough stuff. Sometimes repeatedly. They do grow though. So do we.
When they DO succeed, it is with immense joy and celebration and sometimes even awe that we can rejoice with them as they taste the fruits of their labor and perseverance.
I imagine that is how God views us; He lets us go and do our thing, hanging back in case we need Him. He encourages us through our struggles and cheers our victories.
Yet, He wants us to come to Him in our struggles, to seek His guidance and wisdom to receive His strength to power us through those times of trial. The times we seek Him out, our struggles seem less lengthy, more manageable; when we try and and tough it out and “do it ourselves”, we often have a long and weary road and our troubles persist long beyond their term.
Let us remember, Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”.
Practical application: 19 yo loses his truck key and reaches out to the parental units for assistance, from a random neighbor of a friend because his phone is dead. Dad brings him his spare key. An hour away. On a Sunday night. No hesitation. No grumbling. No guilt trip. Because he asked.
- any time
- any where
- any thing
One day, maybe I’ll grow up to be as patient as my Hubby. Until then, I’ll just keep asking.