Read 1 Thessalonians 3
Focus on verse 5
It has been a while – like about fifteen years – since we first allowed our children to remain at home without an adult present. This was a significant milestone for us since it meant my wife and I could go somewhere without the kids and without having to hire a sitter. It was a little bit of freedom after nearly ten years of intense child exposure. Don’t get me wrong, we loved our kids then and still do, and we enjoyed being with them. It is just that we enjoyed being with them more if we got a little time away form them periodically.
Ironically for the first year or so, when we did leave them behind there was always a lingering fear in my mind that something would go wrong, that we’d come home and the house would be on fire or something. It took a while for me to relax and realize that even when we were gone they were in good hands, because they were always in God’s hands. In today’s reading, Paul expresses his concern over the churches in Thessalonica in his absence, fearing that they might be tempted to abandon the faith and that his investment in them would be lost.
For this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to learn about your faith, for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you and our labor would be in vain.(v. 5)
It is normal for parents to be concerned about their children. Now that our boys are all adults I don’t check up on them as often, but I still wonder about how they are doing. Once one becomes a parent, one never stops being a parent. We just stress over different things, in stead of wondering if they are burning the house down or fighting over the television, I wonder if they are happy, and content, or if they are sick, of frustrated or stressed, and I have to continually remind myself now just as I did then that they are in good hands, because they are in God’s hands. He can take care of them better than I ever could, and He thankfully continues to do that even though they are adults.