My dog sliced his foot open while he was running with my husband a couple of weeks ago. We bandaged it up and hoped it would heal. It didn't. So off we went to the vet who determined that it needed to be stitched up. Last Monday, we took him in to have it stitched. All week, he left the bandage and the stitches alone.
Yesterday, I decided it was time to change the bandage. The one he had on was dirty and gross. I changed his bandage, then took my girls to the store. When we came home, his bandage was gone and so were the stitches. We'll be making a trip to the vet today to see what we need to do to heal it back up.
As frustrating as it is, I can't really blame my dog. He's just doing what's natural. His foot is bothering him, so he licks it. It struck me this morning as I wondered how on earth I'm going to fit a vet appointment into a day that's ridiculously crowded that we're not that much different from my dog.
Too often, I offer up my wounds and concerns to God, only to snatch them back and worry over them. Just like my dog is incapable of leaving his hurt paw alone, I'm often incapable of leaving my worries in God's hands. Oh, I'll give them to Him for awhile, but after a bit, I want to snatch them back. Unlike my dog, though, I am capable of leaving them alone. I just choose not to.
I think what it all boils down to is a lack of trust. Especially when it comes to my kids, I don't alwayswant to trust God and His plan. What if I don't like His plan? What if His plan means things don't go the way I plan? I want to trust God, but my constant snatching back of my worries tells me that I don't trust Him completely.
We all struggle to trust God with our kids. When you love someone as much as we love our kids, it's hard to place them in someone else's hands. I often have to remind myself of the story of Hannah, who had prayed for a long time for a child and who literally placed her son, Samuel, in God's hands by having Him be raised by the priest at the temple. Can you imagine? She was barren for so long, then sent her young son to live as a servant of God. She said these words: "I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord" (1 Samuel 1:27-28).
That needs to be our prayer every day. We have to place our children in God's hands each day. He can protect them and love them so much better than we can. He can guide them and give them the strength they need for the day. When we constantly snatch back our concerns for our kids, we do them a disservice. I want my kids to have the best of everything, including all that God can offer them. To do that, I have to daily place them into God's care.
Pray Hannah's words for your children today. No one can take better care of our kids than God.