by Sarah Nelson
“As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. ” Psalm 18:30
Recently my oldest son returned to the U.S. after a six month adventure in Europe that included backpacking for three months and serving as an intern with the Josiah Venture ministry. During the days of his return travel, I kept in touch with his friend and fellow traveler’s mother to keep track of where our sons were and how they were doing. Relief was shared by both of us upon confirmation that our sons’ feet were back on familiar ground.
Over twenty-five years ago, my parents were on the sending end as I ventured out across the country, and eventually over seas. My mother gave the gift of sending me off with her blessing and encouragement. She never once tied me down with the “what ifs” or worries that would be so understandable on the part of a parent. She realized the truth of the quote that the “safest place to be is in the center of God’s will.” Her example of sending me out knowing that I was under God’s protection provided a wonderful model for me when it came time for me to do the same with my children.
Does this mean that no illness, accident, or even death will touch us if we’re serving where and how God wants us to live for Him? No. We may very well encounter illness, difficulty, and trials. We will see our children and grand-children live with the realities of being born into a broken world. What we can know and rest in is this: Our God’s way is perfect and proven! He is the shield of our soul, and will welcome us in to heaven because of His death and resurrection. His victory over the grave is our assurance of life with Him, not just here, but for eternity.
May we live lives surrendered to the One who calls us His. May we give our children and grandchildren the encouragement to trust that God is their protection from the darts of the Enemy and the woes of this world. May we love them enough to let them go and serve the One whose plans are always perfect, trustworthy, and certain.