By Pastor Abby Dolbear
I’m a protective Mom. Not overly protective, but I watch out for my kids. From putting helmets on theirs heads while riding a bike to making sure they aren’t seeing or hearing anything that would be hurtful to them. I am actively protecting them. It’s constantly on my mind!
As life happens, my children are getting older and more independent. I feel as though I can no longer protect them, all the time. I can’t hover over them at school and reprimand some other kids who may make fun of them. I can’t ride the bus, go out on the football field or make them look twice before crossing the road. What can a parent do?
This Sunday after our service we had water baptisms. My two oldest children were baptized! As I was thinking about what a benchmark this day will be for them, I couldn’t help but hear God’s voice reminding me that HE LIVES IN THEM.
At the realization of this great truth my heart sprang up with joy! My boys have someone with them all the time; someone who will give them perfect wisdom, someone who will encourage them, someone who will be ever present and unfailing. That inside these precious little ones, the Great I Am, the Almighty God, the Creator of the Universe, dwells.
Today, I worry less about them. I will still be the protective Mom as I always have been, just without fear. My boys are more than they seem. They have inside them the lineage of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jesus is their brother and God is their Father! What more could a Mother hope for?
“…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2