So I hurriedly reached over and passed him the camera and... click!
Moments later, Kenya, the proud dad, showed me the sweet photograph posted above.
Our two sons, 8-year-old Kedar (Left), and 5-year-old Kaleb (Right), were nestled together gazing at the screen of a small electronic device Kaleb received as a Christmas gift. The two were lost in their own world, sharing giggles, conversation, and most importantly, time together as brothers.
"Awww, look at them," I said, adoring the photo of our precious boys. Without seeing their faces, the rear shot of the two side-by-side, enjoying each other's company, is so special. I know one day they'll be grown men and I'll only have memories and snapshots of their boyhood.
Kids grow up so fast, which is something my parents and I were discussing yesterday during my impromptu visit to their house. I decided to pop in and satisfy my craving for some of those delicious Christmas leftovers.
As we all sat at the kitchen table together, in between mouthfuls of macaroni, candied yams, greens, turkey, and ham, I talked to them both about how quickly the children are maturing. Kyla, our oldest daughter, will be 13 years old in February.
I can hardly believe it.
"What does it feel like to watch your kids mature into adults?" I asked my parents.
Both Mom and Dad, sitting at the table in their comfy robes, gladly unloaded their wisdom upon their 22-year-old (Wink) inquisitive daughter. They spoke about how important it is to do your best, raise them up in the fear of the Lord, and give them room to make their own mistakes and grow.
Then, there was something my 76-year-old father added that stuck out for me. "One thing I always say is this," he said, rearing back in his chair and speaking in a strong voice. "I give all my children over to the Lord and I trust Him to work everything out. Once I give them over to God, I don't worry about them."
Give them over to God and don't worry about them.
Those words lingered in my mind and connected with my spirit so deeply. I tucked that bit of advice away. I will indeed hold those words close to my heart throughout all the years of rearing the children God has entrusted to me and my husband.
Surely I would love to protect the mini Hobbs clan from any hurt and adversity, but I know that is not what the Lord called me or Kenya to do. We both must be stewards over them and trust God, their Heavenly Father, to watch over and care for them just as He has done for us, His son and daughter.
This is the approach I believe God wants us to take in every area of our lives.
He wants us to give everything that concerns us over to Him without worrying about what tomorrow holds. In fact, this is similar to what I blogged about yesterday in a post called "Don't Let Worry Steal Your Precious Moments."
Just trust God.
That's all you and I can do.
Trusting in the Lord means we accept that we don't know what the future holds; we know that we have no control over tomorrow; and we yet remain full of faith in the sovereignty, and power of God to accomplish His perfect will in and through us.
Remember what I said yesterday?
Worrying changes nothing.
But God, who is unchanging, promises to be with us always. All we need to do is what my dad said and give everything over to Him.
To remind you to do this, I'm sharing my cup of inspiration I've been sipping on with you today. I hope you don't mind drinking after me Daily Cup family. :-) It is found in 1 Peter 5:7 NIV and says, "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
When you drink down the contents of this shared cup, you'll be reminded that you can't control what happens in life, but the God of the universe is in control of your life. And He will take care of you and me. All that is required of us is that we have faith in God and surrender to His will, knowing that His way is best.
Romans 8:28 KJV comes to mind that says what?
And we know that all things...
How many things?
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
Now let's pray together.
Dear God, You are my Father and You have always taken wonderful care of me through both the good and bad. So today, I place everything that is troubling and concerning me at Your feet, knowing that You are in control. Even though not knowing what the future holds is uncomfortable, I know that You hold the future, and You will hold my hand through every stage and phase of my life. Thank You for helping me find comfort in Your loving arms, which is the safest and best place in the whole wide world. In Jesus' name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!