This past week we said goodbye to my thirteen-year-old daughter as she left on a class trip for Boston.
It was not only the furthest she’d ever been away from us – three hundred and seventy
two miles, to be exact – but also for the longest period of time – four days.
When we first signed her up, I had the option to go along as a chaperone. I dismissed it after I considered how she would grow in confidence without me by her side.
However, the closer the trip came, the
less comfortable I was with the fact that my baby – my baby! – would go away for four whole days to a place I’d never been to, nor could I get to in any decent amount of time if an emergency arose.
Panic set in.
What if she got separated from the group? What if she got one of her migraines? What if she lost all her money? Her glasses could break. She might lose her tablet. She might be too cold. Or too hot.
How in the world would my baby survive without me? (Insert blubbering, hysterical mother as seen on YouTube.)
What if, what if, what if?…
I confided all my fears and thoughts to a friend of mine via email. Then came her response:
Let go and let God.
She said it was a phrase from one of her toddler’s Bible movies. It was a catchy song and as he watched it over and over and over again – it became something that stuck with her.
Something worth remembering. We all have those times when we just need to ‘let go’ and we definitely need to ‘let God’.
Oh yes. Let God.
It became clear there were a thousand other scenarios I could create, if I allowed myself the time and effort of so much worry.
No matter how close or far my daughter traveled, there would always be room for some hiccup in the plans, some danger that might befall her. I just needed to ‘let God’.
Let God protect her. Let God comfort me. Let God fulfill all the promises written in His Word.
Let God be God
I knew ‘letting God’ didn’t assure my daughter would avoid any of those fearful situations I’d imagined, or even ones I hadn’t. It meant that no matter what happened to her – good or bad – He is in control. Always.
He will be by her side every step of the way. And He will be by mine, as well.
I’m thankful I can ‘let go’ and ‘let God’.