Today there will be many feelings. But this is your baseline: They are ready. They are, they really are ready for this. And so are you. There will be a moment (maybe a few) when you think to yourself “How can I do this? How can I walk away from my baby? This is wrong, this isn’t how it’s supposed to be. They belong with me.” But just as much as your maternal instincts to protect them and keep them close have been important, so is this. It’s time to nudge them out and let them fly. We’ve been peering over the edge of this nest for so long now, the only thing left to do is let them go for it. They are braver than you thought, and ready for the adventure. You’ll still get to nurture them, protect them, and teach them YOU ARE NOT DONE being their mom. Except now it’s time for them to be equipped, it’s time for them to be challenged and grow in knowledge and experience too. You still get to take care of them, and they still need you. But it's time.
You know what all mothers know: that your little people have the potential to change the world and make it better. So you have to let them start a little bit today. You can’t keep them all to yourself forever. They were never created just for you. They were created, like you, to glorify and enjoy God forever. It’s time for them to dive into the equipping part of their life and their purpose.
“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever.” Ps 138:8
He’s not done with you or with them yet. There’s wonderful things still ahead, still waiting outside this nest and I promise it will be worth every heart wrenching second of letting go. When you put on your "You got this" face, squeeze them at their desk, whisper that prayer and let go, you can walk away brave. And they can stay bravely too.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged; for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
He will be with you in the quiet house and the silent car drives alone. He will be with them in the sea of little faces and new expectations. He will be there, just as He promised. Just as He has always been.