Our worlds have all changed in the last 7 days. Now, when I go to drop off and pick up Kiara from preschool, I have to ring a bell and get buzzed in. I love it.
One week ago, our nation was rocked by the news of the massacre at Sandy Hook. To be honest, that first day, I saw the headlines and decided not to read any more. It was just too much to take in. What happened was beyond description. A heart-wrenching tragedy. Afterwards, however, I found myself thinking a lot about the way we respond to news like this. Children die and are killed all over the world, all the time. As of October, nearly 2,000 Syrian children had been killed in uprisings there alone. Why is it, then, that the collective consciousness of our world, and our nation in particular, was so deeply moved by this incident in particular? Gun control? Mental health? Good vs. evil? Video games? Maybe.
I think, though, that the more comprehensive answer is FEAR. Think about the Facebook posts you see at the beginning of each school year about moms crying and stressing and dreading taking their babies to school. We do it because we know it’s good for them, but as the saying goes, “having a child is like having your heart walking around outside of your body.” Parenting is a balance of intense love and intense worry about lack of control, which is rooted in fear.
When those precious babies went to glory last week, our hearts resonated with the parents who lost them like a perfect pitch to a tuning fork. It’s one of the hardest things a mommy has to do– entrusting the care of her child, who no one loves more, to another. It’s against our nature. It’s why Solomon knew who the baby’s real mother was (1 Kings 3:16-28). Every mom’s worst nightmare is that something would happen to her child. And we have to put our trust in a crumbling system in a fallen world and pray for the best (all of you homeschooling moms right now are saying…..NOT US! Haha.)
The good news is, as believers, we have nothing to fear. We can move forward boldly in what God has designed for our children, knowing full well that He works out everything for our, and their, good (Rom 8:28). Placing Him at the center of our lives and releasing our fear over our children can be a difficult thing to do. As believing parents, our prayers have to transform from “please, don’t let anything bad ever happen to my baby” to “please work in my child’s life in the way that brings you the most glory and my child the most good.” That transformation comes from faith, and faith is not something we have to muster up ourselves. Faith is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8-9) that comes from hearing the Word of Christ(Romans 10:17). Lose yourself in Him, dear mommies, and sleep peacefully tonight knowing that we serve a very, very good God.