In a few days many of our children will be going through the school gates – or into nursery – for the start of a new year. Some with smiles, some with tears. They’re growing up, growing independent.
It surprised me when I realised that the Bible doesn’t have much positive to say about independence.
Not that there’s anything wrong with wanting our children to get dressed themselves or bring their school jumper home each day.
But in the God’s maths independence tends to be a bad thing, a turning away from God, our families and communities, to rely on ourselves.
Which isn’t much to cheer about.
Think about Jesus – the picture of maturity. Yet in John 5:19 he is happy to acknowledge his utter dependence, “I tell you, [the Son] can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”
So here’s a prayer to use in the year ahead :
“Dear Father, as Bob’s shoe size increases and his handwriting improves, please help him to know more and more just how much he needs you. And how much you care for him. Please help me to know that too.”
I’ll be praying for you all in next couple of weeks. To listen well, hug often and show them something good about Jesus as emotions run high and low.