Monday, August 1, 2011

Moving On

Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.  Isaiah 26:4

This is a picture of me Moving from Fear to Freedom.  Above, you'll see my oldest son, Zach, and my hubby jumping off 'the rock' at Lake Joccassee.  They're about half-way down from where they you can imagine the height was way above what mama would've deemed as safe.  As if climbing up a rock wall and jumping off it would be safe at any height? 

I was in the boat minding my little one with no desire to watch the boys climb and jump...climb and jump...until Zach entered the picture.  My mama instincts kicked in- heart pumping, short of breath, hands ringing- and I closed my eyes and hummed (yep, hummed).  It was then God spoke to my heart and said, "Girl, I have got this one in my hands.  Have you already forgotten what you learned.  Let him go."  I did. 

I know He has all of our days in His hands.  He can take care of my boys better than I can.  I can't quench the adventurous spirit He's given Zach and wouldn't want to if I could.  He may use his sense of adventure and love of God to shape the man he's to become.  I don't want to be the one to stand in the way of His will for my child's life.

So, mama opened her eyes and watched her two big boys climb up...up...up and then with a few encouraging words from Dad-JUMP!  Then Papa Butch and D marked riding the tube at 30mph behind Pat's boat off their bucket list...another story for another day!  Thank you Lord for the ability to  move on, look up, and face fear head on.


Eileen said...

It's hard to let our little ones grow up! But you are right, we need to trust the One who placed them in our lives in the first place!

Jenifer said...

Awesome pic and great encouragement! It is so hard to let our kids grow up and step out (or up, smiles) but God has them in His hands!

My daily walk in His grace! said...

Hi Allison - before children I was not so fearful, but now more so, so I have to trust God more.
Thanks for the reminder to let go and let God.
God bless

Phather Phil Malmstrom said...

What a great photo, and even better message Allison! My boys have quite a sense of adventure as well, and as they've grown it's been difficult taking off the "protective mode" and allowing them to explore that energy. Thankfully, we know that once we've taken proper precautions against unnecessary risks, God has them in His capable hands no matter what.

Have a Blessed Day!

Lisa said...

Great picture, Allison! I know I would not have jumped and I'm not sure I could watch my kids or husband jump. But we have to trust that God loves our family even more than we love them. So thankful that He is my ROCK eternal. Many blessings!