Over the weekend my wife and I suddenly became empty-nesters. For some reason, our eighteen-year-old twins decided to abandon us and head off to college instead of hanging out around the house for the next four years.
So we loaded up the family truckster, drove what felt like 16,000 hours and dropped off our daughter at a tiny little Christian college in the middle of a cornfield in Indiana. After much blubbering, we returned home, reloaded, drove a slightly less exhausting distance (sixteen minutes) and dropped off our son at a humongous state school in the middle of a big city. Then we blubbered some more.
For parents who have maybe been a wee bit over-involved and over-protective at times, we’re finding it difficult to (1) let our not-so-little birdies leave the nest and (2) trust God to help ’em fly. (The giant “KNOCK HERE FOR CONDOMS” sign on the door of our son’s dorm floor RA didn’t help matters much.)
Below are some trustworthy verses I’m clinging to to as we try to survive this ordeal. If anyone else out there is facing any similar situations where you need to relinquish control and trust God, I hope you’ll find ’em helpful, too.
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
- I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” (Psalm 31:14)
- When I am afraid, I will trust in you. (Psalm 56:3)
- Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him. (Psalm 62:8)
- Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God. (John 14:1)
- The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. (Nahum 1:7)
- The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. (Psalm 28:7)
- Whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. (Proverbs 29:25)
- I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. (Psalm 13:5)
- Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord is the rock eternal. (Isaiah 26:4)