This was first posted last September 8, 2009. Soon all our children will be off to school again. And so yet another season trusting that God will help us and protect our boy begins.
For all of us with school-aged children, the day after Labor Day is when it all begins again. An army of people, all listed on my son’s IEP with their official titles and the number of minutes each week he will work with them, will attempt to help him develop skills as much as he is able.
But his favorite part of the day is the enormous bus that will pull up directly in front of the house to transport him to his school, and then back again. He loves the bus. So it’s pretty easy to get him going in the morning – a reminder that the bus is coming is usually enough to have him pop up from his bed.
He’s been getting on that bus since he was three years old. And every year I worry about the bus driver and the bus aides. I won’t let him on the bus with a sole adult, even with credentials and a clean track record – my son is just too vulnerable.
So, every year I am confronted with my responsibilities to him as his dad, and the command to not be anxious:
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7
I must do both: carry out my fatherly responsibilities of protection; and not be anxious about anything. This is not a balancing act.
So, in a couple of hours, I’ll put him back on that bus. And pray like crazy.