It happened today. I knew it was going to come someday, but I wasn’t quite ready. My five-year-old son and I were walking back from the barn after doing the evening chores. As we headed toward the house, I felt my hand reach for his to walk back together. In just that instant, my son’s hand pulled away, and I knew he was growing up and letting go.

As homeschool parents, we have even a greater temptation to hang on to our children when they begin to let go. Instead of looking for opportunities to launch our children into the world, our loving and protective nature wants to shelter them from all the hurts and injustices that will come their way. Instead of holding on so tightly, we must let go and allow them to place their hand into the hand of God. Psalm 37:24 says, “Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.”

Are you struggling with letting go? Maybe you feel like Mary, the mother of Jesus, when after she had spent three days looking for her lost 12-year-old son, she heard Him say, “How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business” (Luke 2:41-51)? You can trust God to take care of your child, even when you are not there to hold his hand. God knows his needs and will help your child just like He has done for you. “But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God. My times are in thy hand” (Psalm 31:14-15a).

God, help me to place my child’s future in Your hands. Remind me of all You have done for me, so I may believe in Your loving care for him. In Jesus’ name, Amen.