Mom, Get Out Of The Way!

“…and when you begin to see that person in the middle of a difficult and painful struggle, don’t try to prevent it, but pray that his difficulty will grow even ten times stronger until no power on earth or in hell could hold him away from Jesus Christ.” 

The above quote is an excerpt of my devotional reading this morning. I had to share it because it’s the exact opposite of what I do when I see my child, husband, or any loved one going through a difficult time. As caretakers, women naturally want to take care of a situation. We want to fix it and make it better. It’s hard watching someone go through a storm and if we don’t step in, it appears we don’t care, but the devotional is saying that we get in God’s way and try to be “amateur providences” in the lives of others. Ouuuch!  I remember my mother saying, “If I could live your life for you, I would.” I believe most mothers feel this way, but we have to learn when to get out of the way. This is one of the hardest things for me because I feel like I’m called to protect my children from falling, and to be a helper to my husband. In reality, instead of helping, I’m hindering them from a closer walk with their real Helper! 

We are called to help and protect to a certain degree, and then allow God to be God. Sometimes I go overboard with my help. Mama can’t always come to the rescue – although this mama tries to. My phrase is, “Call me if you need me!” I guess we need to establish a balance – recognizing the limitations of our earthly role, while realizing the magnitude of God’s power. Bottom line - know when to get out of the way!