A few weeks ago I woke up to a 1am phone call from my daughter who was in far off Thailand. I knew before I even looked at her name on my phone, it was her and the news would be bad. She told me 8 bombs had gone off in the last few hours, all targeting tourists very close to her hotel.
Sleep and all other life circumstances ended for me at that moment. I stayed glued to the Internet for the next 24 hours as I watched 4 more bombs detonate far too close to my precious daughter. She finally made it to the airport and safely home.
I don’t think there has ever been a time that I relied on God more, prayed harder, or held my breath longer. Even at 22, she has always lived close to me and this somehow gave me a sense of control over her safety and wellbeing. Those hours between her phone call from Thailand to my beautiful little girl landing at our local airport showed me how false that sense of control has been all of these years.
God is the only one who can keep our kids safe. I couldn’t even reach her by airplane to hold her close and tell her she’s safe before her intended departure from this country under attack. Knowing this made me lean on God and trust Him to do that special comforting that us mommies sometimes think only we can provide.
I came to the realization it’s been Him all along. My body may have been there to hold her in those dark moments and my voice to soothe her, but He is the one who truly comforts and protects our babies. He holds power that we could only dream of.
I’m an incessant worrier. This is a trait I’ve sadly passed on to both of my precious kids. Do you struggle with obsessive worry too? We must stop this unnecessary habit and end the suffering for ourselves and these incredible little humans we’ve been entrusted to raise.
In all honesty, I tried to talk my adventurous daughter out of this trip to Thailand. She volunteered there on a farm working with elephants. If she would have listened to me, she would have missed these amazing once in a lifetime moments:
But even more than those experiences with God’s gentle giants, she would have missed learning He keeps her safe even when mommy is far away. This realization is especially important today as she will be moving to the opposite side of our nation soon to pursue her dream to become a marine biologist.
My daughter has become the young woman we all hope to raise. She is independent, determined to chase her dreams, and knows when it’s time to just have faith. I think the latter is something we could all use a little help with.
I have watched this girl jump out of a plane, travel to many far off lands, live strong with diabetes for the past 15 years, and fall out of and completely back into love with our incredible Savior. My own faith has waned over the years as worry consumed me with these and so many other of my kids’ experiences. My son suffered from seizures for most of his 14 years of life and he struggles daily with the anxiety I passed down to him.
Here is what I now know to be true. God brings us through all of these life circumstances. My son is healed from epilepsy today, completely weaning off his medication months ago. My worry didn’t accomplish this in any way.
Only God. He always comes through for me.
Not long ago, I adopted the concept of Living As If relating to my health struggles. I’m fully applying this to my lifelong worry issue as well. Let me teach you how to implement it in your own life.
Instead of: “Lord, please keep my precious children safe.” Try praying this: “Thank you for keeping my beautiful babies safe through all this world will throw at them. I trust you, Lord.”
Live as if. As if you know God has this. As if you are certain He can and will carry our kids through the struggles and pain they will inevitably walk through in their lifetimes. Live in the glory of God’s many promises…
So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?”
The Lord will fight for you;
you need only to be still.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Candace Playforth is a wife, mom, Jesus follower, serenity seeker, and writer on a quest for health in body, mind, and soul. Join her in creating a healthier body, emotional well-being, and unprecedented faith at CandacePlayforth.com. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.