“Helicopter mom. Tightly wound. Over-protective. No offense, Andra, but these describe you.”

Maybe it’s the writer in me (always finding an interesting “what-if”), but I live with a million possible stories of dire consequences in my mind.

They could get run over by a car.

They might be kidnapped.

What if he doesn’t pass the tests, go to college, and then can never get a job?

Today my youngest daughter and I took our bikes on country roads. It’s downhill nearly all the way to the tiny convenience store where I bought her ice cream, and I kept the brakes screeching so I wouldn’t crash into the cute little nine-year-old in front of me.

Coming home, I rode in front. On one magic stretch of straight downhill at the end, I was tempted to let my fingers off the brakes and fly at full speed. To really let go. To feel the rush of wind in my hair (under the safety helmet).

I wanted it so badly, but what-ifs flew at me like gnats.

Then the Lord spoke to me. “Do you see how hard it is for you to let go of control? Why is it difficult to be free and trust Me?”

Every evening, I review one of my favorite verses that I’m hoping to fully assimilate and accept. “He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction, to the comfort of your table laden with choice food.” (Job 36:16, NIV)

I did let go of the brakes, and it was full freedom. I don’t think I’m going to suddenly stop being a cautious mother, but I can stop braking on what God wants to do in my life. It’s in His hands, and I’ve got nothing to lose.

By guest author Andra Loy

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8 Replies to “BRAKES TO FREEDOM”

  1. Loved this post, Andra, especially since my daughter and I just had to “turn loose” of her daughter and my only grandchild as she left our small town of 2500 for a college campus of some 38,000 a few weeks ago. How true that we have to entrust our loved ones and ourselves to God’s more than capable hands! Thank you for the reminder.

    Amre, thank you for hosting Andra today.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Patti. Andra did a great job of writing this, and the verse the Lord gave her is soo good!! Definitely one to keep in mind! 🙂

  2. Very cool:) Sometimes we forget that God has our backs and our fronts, and He wants the very best for us. (And He knows what that is.)

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