Last night at the dinner table my husband and I were having a discussion about our soon to be Kindergartener. My husband was concerned about how the other kid’s at school would treat her. Would they pick on her? Would the bully her? Honestly this is not just a fear that he has it is a fear that I have. But then again what parent doesn’t worry about their child’s safety when they send them off to school.
Our Kindergartener is different then most kids. She has Down syndrome. One thing that my husband and I have had to do a lot of in this journey with her is to let go. We have had to let go of the fear of her being sick, we have had to let go of the idea that she may or may not accomplish all that we hoped for her, we have had to let go of the idea that she may never have children. We have had to let go a lot.
Now I am not saying that these things will not be possible for her, just that we have had to accept that the ideas we had for our daughter prior to her birth may not look like what we had hoped they would look like and that God has His own plan for her, and it is better then we can imagine.
We will have to let go of the fear that she will be picked on and that she may be bullied. We have to put her in God’s hands. It is so hard to put something you love so much in the hands of God.
We as human beings like to be in control. After all there is comfort in being in control. There is comfort in knowing the outcome, and comfort in success.
I wonder how many other things we have in our lives that we have a hard time letting go of? Maybe you have a hard time letting go of your finances, maybe it’s a family relationship, maybe it’s an addiction. We all have things that we don’t completely give up to God.
” 7.Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7 NIV)
There is a huge burden that is lifted when we choose to let go of that thing that is holding us back from a closer relationship with God. When we let go the burden is no longer ours, it becomes God’s. We are not strong enough to handle our vices on our own. We need God’s strength and His help to let go. Trusting that He is faithful, and that He always has control is not always easy but it is always worth it.
Let go, and give your life to Christ.