Let Go and Let God

2016 is a special year for me. This year I have a child in each level of the education system. My oldest son, Josh, just left home for university. My second son is in high school, my third child (only daughter) is in middle school, and my youngest son is in junior school.

With four children, preparing for the new academic year has always been a challenge to say the least. However, it was especially busy this year because I had to help Josh move into his residence. Having stayed home for university, I had no idea what to do and where to start.

Thank God for friends who are older and wiser! From friends who have already sent their kids to university, I learned that I needed to buy a bed bug mattress cover (something which I didn’t even think about until they mentioned it) and they kindly told me where to buy one. They shared with me which prepared foods are best for students living in an apartment style residence, how to prepare the food, where to buy certain items, what to pack, and what not to pack. It was also from talking to them that I was able to remind Josh (not so gently) to apply for OSAP. Another good resource was the university website. They had a great web page for parents with lots of good tips for moving into the residence.

Preparing for all this made me reflect on my role is as a parent. Initially when Josh first mentioned that he wanted to go away for university, I was nervous and apprehensive. Was he ready? Can he survive on his own? Was I ready to let him go? However, I realized that I can’t keep him, or any of my kids, at home with me forever. They are gifts from God and I am just a steward. My job is to nurture and prepare them to live as responsible human beings.

I heard the phrase, “let go and let God” at the first Women’s Gathering. As a believer, I found comfort in these words. For me, it was a reminder to let go of the control, stop worrying, and let God take over. God will watch over them and will be with them all the time. As parents we can pray for them, comfort them when they call home tired and feeling lonely, and encourage them when they lose confidence in themselves.

I’m reminded of the song, “Somewhere Out There” from An American Tail and the following lyrics, “and even though I know how very far apart we are, it helps to think that we might be wishing on the same bright star.” That star for us is God. It’s comforting to know that while Josh and I are not in the same city, we are praying to the same loving God.

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4 thoughts on “Let Go and Let God

  • October 13, 2016 at 2:36 pm
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    Knowing that God is in control can be both scary and reassuring for me in regards to raising my children. I love knowing that when I am not there, God is. Yet, I sometimes wonder what situations God might call them into. I need to constantly remind myself that my dream for my children, might not be God’s and that can be hard.

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    • October 14, 2016 at 3:05 pm
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      So true. But that’s why I find comfort in knowing that they are in God’s hands. God is omnipotent and omniscient. Better God’s plans than mine!

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      • February 26, 2017 at 10:25 pm
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        Hanna – Thanks so much for this post – I am exctpeing twins this summer and have a 4 year old. And while I’m sure the next few years will be hectic this reminds me to embrace it all and enjoy them while they are still little.

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  • November 1, 2016 at 1:13 pm
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    Reminds of when my kids were going through those difficult teenage to young adult years. They want to try so many new things and yet are not aware of possible dangers/difficulties. Perhaps that is how God created young people, so that they can be bold and courageous to venture out and find life and also find God. As parents, we have had our turn in finding God – it is now the time for us to exercise trusting in God. Thanks for sharing this, Lily.

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