The Burden of Safety
Ask any mom on the planet, and she will likely tell you that her children’s safety and well-being is at the top of her concerns. Not only were mothers created as nurturers, they were created with a heart of protectiveness as well. And while protectiveness can be a good thing, in the sense of teaching our children to look both ways before crossing the street, or shielding them from harmful influences, it can also become a burden of control.
When my oldest boys were little, I tried to keep them safe from every possible danger. If the slide at the park was too high, I didn’t allow them to climb it. If the lake was too deep, I wouldn’t let them near it. Unfortunately, I realize now how controlling my burden of safety was.
The bottom line is, we cannot keep our children safe from every single harm. They will skin their knees. They will get their feelings hurt. And, they might even go through a serious, life-threatening trial. However, we can release our burden of safety to the Lord time and time again. In fact, the Bible encourages us this way:
“Because he loves Me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges My name. He will call on Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.” (Psalm 91:14-15)
Moms, when you are consumed with worry over your child’s safety, call on the name of the Lord and know that He will answer. Trust Him with your burden. Declare your love for Him and ask for His divine protection. Then, release your children into the hands of the One who loves them more than you ever could.
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