I’ll never forget Daniel running off the football field a few years ago. Squirting water into his mouth, I asked our champion, “Do you love it?” “Yes, ma’am!” he nodded. “All but the hitting part.”
Truthfully, I had him so “padded-up,” I was a bit surprised Daniel was even able to feel the impact of his first hit.
Focused on keeping our little lineman safe, I had purchased every imaginable piece of safety equipment. So many protective devices, in fact, that as I stood in front of the register at Dick’s Sporting Goods, the cashier looked down at my overflowing buggy and stated matter-of-factly, “Honey, you’re in the wrong store.” Seeing my puzzled expression, she continued, “I think you meant to visit Lowe’s. We don’t sell bubble wrap here!”
Oh, the madness of motherhood. I desire to protect our children as they mature, but it’s more often me who needs to “grow up” in my trust of the Lord. Do I believe my God is bigger than any ball game, bully, blood test, or boyhood adventure? Yes, of course. Then why do I waste my time being fussy and fretful?
The answer was made clear in an illustration from my daily devotional. Like me, a young father had been struggling to release his troubles and concerns entirely to the Lord. It was easy for him to live free when his kids were home and curled up safely in their beds. However, when variables became possibilities, the “what-ifs” of worry clouded his mind.
He decided to create a visible reminder for himself. Out of red construction paper, he cut out the letters D, E, G, L, O, and T and pasted them to his bathroom mirror. He would pace back and forth as he brushed his teeth, trying to “LET GOD” give him peace, but the idea would not shift into action. Returning from work that evening, he walked into his bathroom. The D in the imperative “LET GOD” had fallen to the floor and the letters read, “LET GO.”
True victory over anxiety comes when we get to the point of letting God by releasing our tight hold on things over which we have no control and “letting go” — trusting Jesus to handle. Isaiah 41:13 says, “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.’”
Said another way, “You are My precious possession. Trust Me. I have you bubble wrapped in My love.”