Today's Devotional Thought
July 30, 2012 by Rachel Piferi
This weekend, my family and I spent the weekend with one of my dear college friends and her family. We spent the weekend swimming and boating and eating and having a fantastic time. Our kids are just about the same age and they always have so much fun when we get together.
One thing that we spent most of our weekend doing was tubing on their boat. My kids are like fish and could spend all summer long in the water. And they absolutely love tubing!
Usually when we get together, the older kids are the only ones who go tubing. But, this weekend, my youngest daughter wanted to tube as well. She saw the fun that her older brother and sister were having and she wanted to do it also.
So, we gave her a ride on the tube so she could feel like the big kids. It wasn't nearly as fast or bumpy as when the older kids do it, but she thought she was just like them. My son and my friend's daughter went with her so she was well cared for and it was 100% safe.
And she had the time of her life.
As I sat on the back of the boat and watched them push off on the tube and watched my little girl float off, I nearly cried. I watched her back there, just like one of the big kids, trying something new and doing it without me, her mom.
There is something about your youngest spreading her wings and trying to grow up right before your eyes. And, it was in that moment that I realized how many different situations are ahead of us where I will have to let go of these precious little people.
And it hit me again...
These little people, who have been entrusted to me, are really not mine. They are God's. And he has a plan for them. And, if I am a responsible, godly parent, I will encourage them to follow after God's will for their life.
Even when it means they have to go away from me.
Even when it means that I have to let go and let them go in the direction that God has for them.
Even if God's plan for their lives is different than my plan for their lives.
Much like watching my daughter float away and feeling very little control, we have to let our children slowly pull away from us as they grow up. And whether it is the first day of kindergarten or the first day of college, they are slowly leaving us and stepping into God's plan for their lives.
And that is a step away that I can have full confidence in.
I saw a glimpse of my future as my little one floated away on the tube. And as she smiled a big smile and her long, curly hair was blowing in the wind, I said a prayer for God to always keep her safe, keep her healthy, and guide her all the days of her life.
What a privilege to guide these little people to God's plan for their lives. A privilege that brings tears to my eyes and fullness to my heart.