Luke 12:25-26 (NRSV) “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
I have always wrestled with anxiety and worry in my life, but I never experienced the kind of worry that comes with motherhood until now. I guess it happens after you give birth, but I worry about everything concerning K. Is he getting enough to eat? Is he getting enough sleep? Who will watch him and can I trust them? Is he sick? Is he happy? Is he safe? For the past 5 months, I’ve been bombarded with things to worry about. One of the ways that this worry has manifested itself is I’ve been very hesitant to travel with K. It stems from when we first took K out when he was 4 weeks old. We took a simple drive to his great-grandmother’s house and out of nowhere a baseball smashed our windshield. Initially, I thought someone shot through our windshield. Thankfully, I was wrong and no one was hurt. Since then, I haven’t wanted to take K anywhere!
|Asleep on the train|
So when it came time for me to go to NJ for an appointment, I was filled with anxiety and worry. Daddy had to work, so I had to take K on the Amtrak train. With the heavy police presence and bomb sniffing dogs at the station, I had to focus on my mantra, “Feel the fear, but do it anyway. Feel the fear, but do it anyway.” Of course, K was much calmer than me. He had a great time on the train. He laughed, looked out the window and slept most of the time. Thankfully,
we I made it through the trip and I gained some more confidence about traveling with a baby.
All of this is reinforcing to me that my confidence and trust concerning my son must be in the Lord. The earthquake taught me that I can hide my son in the house for fear of the world, but even keeping him in the house is no guarantee that he will be safe. I have to put my trust in God. Yes, this is a foundational lesson, especially for a minister, but I wrestle with my flesh just like everyone else and my flesh has a hard time surrendering to the Spirit. Paul said it this way, “For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do” (Romans 7:18-19).