My sister who has daughters, ages 5 and 3, told me on the phone about how hard it had been the other night to get them settled in for bedtime. She and her husband were getting frustrated when he turned to her and said, “I’ld rather deal with this than having a teenage boy at our house for dinner!”
If you read my last post you know that is what was going on in our house, that same night. But here’s the deal…we’ve dealt with bedtimes, babysitters, going to school for the first time, spending the night out for the first time, among a whole host of other things along the way. Each one pushing us as parents, causing us to stretch, grow and trust. To turn to the Lord for wisdom and to relinquish a little more control.
So here we are now, our daughter’s first date to a formal affair.
Now the issues we face are curfews, teen driving, dating, potential for drinking and a whole host of other things that I probably don’t even know. Each one pushing us, causing us to stretch, grow and trust. To turn to the Lord for wisdom and to relinquish a little more control.
It’s not easy now. It wasn’t easy then. The problems of yesterday seem easy compared to now. But I know just because bigger kids = bigger issues it wasn’t any easier when we were in the thick of smaller problems. The reality is, it’s just hard to trust. It’s hard to let go. It’s hard to know what is right.
So while our daughter thus far has proved trust-worthy, the real issue is our God is always trust-worthy. He has her in His hands. And He has us in His hands. And so while we seek wisdom as parents and protection for our daughter, He keeps calling us to trust in Him, big or small. He is ultimately in control and this is where I must rest.
“Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed, and You won’t start now” Hillsong United- Oceans