Saving Your Lost Sheep
As a mom, I knew I was supposed to pray and leave my worries about my kids to my heavenly Father. He loves our lost sheep even more than we do. But back in 2006, my daughter Lana was making all the wrong choices at university and getting hurt in the process. Let’s face it, when our kids hurt, we hurt.
I was praying hard for my daughter, and desperate that maybe God wasn’t hearing my prayers. I struggled with the thought that maybe if God wasn’t going to fix my kid’s life, I should. I did everything I could to make things better for Lana, but nothing worked. She continued to make all the wrong choices.
One day as I was cleaning our den, I found a box of old photographs and came across a faded blue airmail letter that my grandmother sent me upon my engagement in 1980. She wrote how thankful she was that I had turned my life around after my confusing teenage years and found a good partner in life, that her prayers for me were answered.
For most of my life, my grandmother and I were separated by the Atlantic Ocean. With her still in Ireland and me living in Canada, she didn’t have much opportunity to do things for me, other than pray and write letters. She certainly didn’t have the opportunity to “fix” things for me when I’d messed up my young life.
My grandmother died in 1984, but many years later as I re-read her letter, and I was now the mom of an adult daughter, I felt the Lord’s comfort. Behind my grandmother’s writing was God’s voice exactly when I needed it, and His gentle reminder to trust Him with Lana. I resisted the urge to “fix” things in my child’s life.
It was hard at first to stand back in faith and let God work. But a few years later, the Lord brought Lana back to Himself, and her faith was all the stronger for it.
As much as we want to, we cannot save our lost sheep. Only Christ can do that. Give your loved ones over to God. Trust Him. This is the theme in Sofi’s Bridge, my new romantic historical novel.
Irish-born Christine Lindsay is author of multi-award-winning Christian fiction. Christine’s ancestry inspires her writing, but it was her experience in relinquishing her baby girl to adoption that sets the spiritual tone of Christine’s novels. Her latest historical romance Sofi’s Bridge was inspired by Christine’s love for her lost sheep.