I’ve never found sending my babies away easy. When my first child, Benji, was five, he was more than ready for kindergarten.
He’d begun reading at four, he was a social little guy, and well-behaved, so I knew he would do well. I just wasn’t ready to let him go. The big day came. As we were leaving the house, Benji said, “My stomach keeps going around and around and I keep telling it, ‘We’re going, we’re going.’”
My stomach was going around and around for different reasons. I knew schools could be difficult places. Benji would face criticism, obstacles and rejection. After I saw him to his classroom, I let a few tears fall. When Benji had been a tiny infant I prayed, God, keep him in your hands when he is absent from mine. As I sent him off to the new world of kindergarten, that prayer had never been more heartfelt.
School ended up being a wonderful adventure for Benji and he conquered not only kindergarten, but also elementary, high school and college. With each step he took, we rejoiced with him, but also feared the
new challenges and obstacles. I worked at leaving the fears in God’s hands, and continued praying for him.
What or whom are you sending off into the world? A child? A project? A talent? Whatever it is, place it in God’s hands, trusting Him that whatever happens will be God’s best for that baby and for you.
Hebrews 2:13 I will put my trust in Him.