Thank you to David Fleetham Photography for the amazing picture!
As I lowered my petite eight-year-old daughter off of the dolphin dive boat yesterday, into the deep blue Pacific Ocean, knowing that there were Oceanic white tipped sharks nearby, along with six pilot whales, I hesitated, but only for a second. Do you trust Me? I heard a whisper in my ear.
My 10-year-old son had just slipped into the water next to my husband and he was holding tightly onto the ladder waiting for me to get in. There were three others with us and we all gathered around the back of the 27-foot dive boat and watched these enormous creatures gracefully swim by. It was an amazing and beautiful sight to see God's creatures up close and in their natural habitat.
Many of you probably think I'm crazy to put my children in the blue waters where we had just spotted one of the most aggressive sharks in the world. But rather recently, I decided not to live my life in fear anymore. I had done that for a overlong time. Do you trust Me? Will I completely give my children over to You?
Let's face it, I have a control issues and I will do everything in my power to keep my children safe. But do I overdo it at times? Do I make them wash their hands until they are spotless? I'm sure my friends and family would say, 'yes.' But am I holding them back from some exciting adventure that God longs for them to experience? And more importantly, am I trusting Him to take care of my children?
We live in a very different world then when I grew up. I never had to worry about walking home from school by myself or using the pubic bathroom. Kids could go to school where I grew up and the only drill we had was for fires or earthquakes, not for a active shooter in the building. But now there are times when I never want my children to leave the house again! (Only kidding, well no actually, I'm not!) But I know that is unrealistic. Instead, I have decided humbly ask God to protect my children and to watch over my kids, each and every day and place my trust in Him, especially when they are out of my sight.
One of my favorite scriptures is Philippians 4:6-7 which says: Be strong and courageous. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Another great verse to recite out loud and to teach you children is Psalm 56:3 which says, "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you."
And one of my son's favorite verses is Deuteronomy 31:6: " Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
So today, I encourage you to memorize all of these verses and put your children in the God's hand. He will protect your babies and keep them safe.
I will be praying for you!