Yesterday I ended with the conclusion: "I simply did not know how hard it is to be a parent and trust a teacher with your child." Today, I would like to take that one step further.
In whom do I place my trust when I send my son to school? I place my trust in my car to transport us there; I trust the safety patrol to watch over my son as he waits for the bell to ring; I trust the school administration to keep his school safe; I trust his teacher to know where he is at all times during the day; I trust the school staff to work as a team to supervise, guide, and protect all the students including my son. Ultimately: I place my trust in the Lord, in whose hands my son is held.
I believe the distinction is important to make because although I am forced to trust a teacher, whom I do not have basis for the trust (other than the confidence of the school in the teacher), I struggle to let go of my control in his life. Although I do not have any control over his day during the school hours, I know the Lord does. I can trust the Lord because he is faithful; He is trustworthy; He has proven himself worthy of my trust over&over again in my life. He tells me I can trust Him with my son, and he is far safer in the Lord's hands than in mind.
I can trust that the Lord placed my son in the class he is in. I can trust that he is in the school for a reason. I can trust that the Lord is in control, no matter what happens to my son.
I would like to clarify one point: I pray for wisdom to know what choices I can make that will be in my son's best interest. I am not implying that I simply 'let all the chips fall as they may' or that I 'leave it up to fate' because that is not the case. I place my active trust in the Lord's guidance & wisdom, and I know that I cannot always know the Lord's plans for my son. The Lord's plans for my son may be different than my own, but I am confident that His are better. I strive to be able to achieve balance when I feel the desire to orchestrate his entire experience (which let's be honest, I would love to do!). I know that with the Lord's help, I can do my part to help guide my son through his school career. I have been given a great responsibility in watching over my son, and I want to do the best job I can.