Why Moms Hate August

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you, he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed” Deuteronomy 31:8.

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I hate this month. Every year since my oldest began preschool I thought the separation would kill this mama’s heart. August fills me with anxiety of the leaving to come, the month-long rush of preparation: school supplies back then - college dorm room stuff now.

I won’t even be there for the first day picture – I doubt one will even be taken. I might get a nice selfie if I remind her. Have I not grown in all those years? How have I not mastered even a little of this wicked month? 

As Joshua was taking over for Moses these words were spoken: “It is the Lord who goes before you…” How quickly I forget whose hands we are in. How quickly I forget the holy one who holds my child, who has numbered her days and marked the path for her feet. How quickly I sink into despair at the lack of any control I thought I had hits me. I can’t protect them. I can’t make good choices for them. I can’t shield them from mean people, hurtful words or wrong paths. And it scares the daylights out of me.

But then the rest of this verse hits my aching heart: “He will be with you, he will not leave you or forsake you.” Our children do not leave us to head out into this world on their own. Jesus – Emmanuel – God with us – Is always there. He promises to NEVER leave us or forsakes us. Let that sink in, Moms … even though we cannot go with them, someone who loves them even more than we do walks ahead of them and with them.

We are not to “fear or be dismayed.” The God of all creation, the great redeemer and ruler of all kingdoms walks with our children. AND as we let them go onto the next journey, guess what? He walks with us mamas too. 

Dear Jesus, Thank you for your amazing promise of your presence with us. Sink it deep into our hearts and souls that we are never without you and that we can trust the one who holds all things in his mighty hands. 

BY WENDY DOUGHERTY

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