It’s never easy letting your children go, but I did just that with my oldest two weeks ago. I have no doubt that I felt a little what Hannah must have felt when she took her little Samuel to the temple to leave him with Eli the priest. It must have been so hard for Hannah to leave him, but she knew God would take good care of him. When I let Taylor go last week, I asked God to please take over my job.
Psalm 127 is one of my favorite chapters, and it talks about letting our children go. It says, “Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.“
I am blessed to have Taylor as the oldest of the four arrows that are in my quiver. For the past 18 years I have done my very best at aiming him in the right direction. The hard part for me is now it’s time to “let go” of that arrow and let him fly, but that’s what you do with arrows and that’s what you do with children. Arrows were never meant to be protected, smothered or kept forever, and neither were children. Arrows are to fight. My prayer is that as I “let go” of my arrow he will go fight against Satan’s evil in this world and fight for doing what’s right in the eyes of God.
Letting go doesn’t mean I won’t pray for him, support him, love him or be his dad anymore. Instead letting him go simply means I’m placing Taylor in God’s hands. I’ll pray for him everyday, and I will always be here for him. If you are a parent, please understand, that the years, months, days and minutes are SO important with each child. We don’t have them very long – value and cherish them while you can, because you’ll be letting go sooner than you think.
Come to think of it, God totally understands letting a child go. He too had an arrow. He aimed it at the world and let it go. His arrow landed in Jerusalem on a hill called Golgotha. I’m glad He let go.