Today my 17 year old son went to the coast for a week (a two hour trip from our home). This is the first time he has been away from home for more than a few days. He is going with a group of 4 young men with one of the dad's driving then there and back. Of course like most mothers the first thing I did was worry and had a long chat with my son about all the dangers at the beach: rips, rough sea, jumping off cliffs (not sure if he was even thinking of this one), drink alcohol (they didn't have any with them, only 2 large bottles of red cordial and 40 packets of instant noodles!!) etc... He assured me that he would take care and not do anything stupid - of course that didn't stop me thinking of all the other things he could do.
He phoned just a while ago to say they had arrived safely and had gone for a walk to the beach and now settling in. I asked for a message each night so I knew he was ok! and perhaps a few photos so I knew he was in one piece! He returns next Wednesday - lots of prayers between now and then as I try and control my imagination.
Is there ever a time when a mother doesn't worry about her children? I know my own mother spends many hours worrying about her 4 grown children.
..Lord help me to get through this day..
"In the day of my trouble I will call for YOU, for YOU will answer me". Psalm 86.7