My knees shake. I have no idea what my child is doing in her rebellion. The silent phone stares back at me. My rattled nerves wait for it to jangle. At the same time, I dread to pick up the receiver to hear bad news. What is that saying: “No news is good news”?
I lay my Bible across the chair. I kneel before it and randomly open it. My eyes fall on a highlighted verse: “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord” (Psalm 31:24). Oh, God is so good. I do hope in the Lord! I know He is able to take care of any situations that arise with my child. However, my mother’s heart needs reminding that, when my knees tremble and my thoughts run amuck with fear, my God will come to me.
Yesterday, my child disappeared into rebellion. Today, my child hides her activities from me. Tomorrow, the phone may ring with bad news. Nevertheless, my God is the same every day. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). I will stay on weak knees and continue to pray for my wayward child, for I know my God will come to this state of affairs.
Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come.”—Isaiah 35:3-4
Dear Lord, steady my feeble knees as I pray for my child. Although my heart fears for my child, my hope is in You. Bring my child to the point of saying, “My God has come, even in my rebellion.” In Jesus’s name. Amen.
Pray for Despairing Parents