Over the past 10 months, one verse has been closer to my heart than any other: Proverbs 22:6. Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
What a wonderful promise from my Lord! I am learning day by day that I cannot control what happens to my chld. I can try to protect him, I can do my best to shield him from pain and disappointment and all the evil the world throws at him, but in the end, I am powerless.
For a control freak like me, that is disturbing news. So I cling to Proverbs 22:6. Train up a child in the way he should go -- teach him the ways of the Lord -- and when he is old he will not depart from it. When he is grown and away from my influence, the Lord's guidance and word will stay with him.
So I devote endless hours in prayer for my son and his future. I teach him songs about the Lord and his faithfulness. I read his Bible to him. And as he grows older, I will continue to teach him the ways of the Lord. And I begin to realize that is the greatest role of motherhood.
I have no power, but I serve the one who has all the power. And in the end, I know the control is in the right hands.