The Parent Race: Teaching Our Children - Day 2
Lord, help me call on you when I begin to worry about something affecting my children’s or grandchildren’s lives. Amen
Read: Proverbs 3:24-26 (NIV)
“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.”
Being a parent is not for the fainthearted no matter what age the child is. Worrying about them begins when they are first born. How many times does a new parent go into the nursery to check to see if the baby is still breathing? Concern for our children continues into adulthood. My mother, at 85, was in ICU when she said to me as I was standing by her bedside, “Don’t you think you should be going home so you can get some rest before your surgery in the morning?” She passed away soon after I went home to do as she said. So, parenting goes on from birth to death because it is a lifelong commitment.
The focus Scripture for today is very appropriate to this lifelong commitment to parenting because I think most of our worrying happens as soon as we turn the light out. I cannot number the times that as soon as I turn the lights out my mind turns to something in the life of my daughter or grandchildren and I am wide awake running over a scenario in their lives that concerns me. This Scripture reminds us that we are to have no fear of sudden disaster because the Lord will be at our side and keep us and our offspring from being snared.
Another Scripture that gives me comfort during those wide-awake nighttime adventures is Philippians 4:6-7:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Remembering and reviewing Scripture is the best antidote for nighttime worries.
Prevention is the best way to avoid these night time worries. I found through the years it is helpful to find an appropriate Scripture for the situation and insert the names of my daughter or grandchildren. I started when my daughter was very young praying through Ephesians 1:15-19 and inserting her [name] where appropriate.
“For this reason, ever since I heard about [your] faith in the Lord Jesus and [your] love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for [you], remembering [you] in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give [you] the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of [your] heart may be enlightened in order that [you] may know the hope to which he has called [you], the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength”
I found it very comforting and reassuring and I think you will find the same comfort and reassurance.
Lord Jesus, I am ashamed to say that too often my reaction to problems in the lives of family is to worry. Help me to make my first reaction to call on you for guidance and comfort. In your Son’s precious name, Amen