Proverbs 22:6 NLT
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.”
A year ago, my wife and I started working with our oldest daughter to learn driving when she got her permit. We spent much time working on instructing her and helping her as she learned more and more about driving rules. This past week, we took her to take her driving test for her license on her sweet 16 birthday. My wife and I waited anxiously as she was out driving with an instructor and hoping and praying she would pass. As she stepped out of the car, my wife and I walked toward her and she threw her hands in the air with an excited run and smile toward us! She passed her test and was officially licensed!
We are so proud of her, but I cannot help but to feel emotional still today as she embarks on this new adventure in her life. It is really hard for me to let go and watch my little girl grow up so fast and take on a new phase of life. I want her to learn and grow, but so much of me does not want to let go. We’ve raised her in a Christian home and have done our best to teach her God’s ways and will continue to do the best we can as she continues to grow.
As hard as it is for my wife and I to watch her drive off now by herself, we have to be reassured that God will take care of her and that we have worked hard to train her in His ways so that she makes good decisions. It’s a time of life I thought would never come and it came too fast. This passage came to mind this week as we transitioned from her having her permit to her passing her test for her driver’s license.
Friends, it can be hard to let go of many things in life. We grasp so tightly to many things and we don’t let go. We’re afraid of what we might lose or what might be ahead. It’s the unknown that scares us so often. We want control and we have a hard time trusting that God will lead and take care of things.
As I am working on letting go of my little girl into a new phase of life, I am being reminded by God that He will guide her still and take care of her as we have worked hard to train her and raise her in a Godly manner.
Whatever it is that you are finding yourself having a hard time letting go of, I encourage you to trust that God will lead and guide, whether it’s a child who has grown up into taking on more responsibilities or if it’s letting go of something you need to part with.
Letting go is hard and I will do my best. We must trust things are in God’s hands.