I love a good “controlled” scare. Would you believe there’s evidence that it might actually be beneficial? (ABC News, Spooky Health Effects of a Good Scare)
A good jump scene in a movie. Someone sneaking up behind me. And I have a special fondness for scary roller coasters.
My son—grown, out of college, and on his own—still delights in making his mama shriek. But Mama has a few scary tricks up her own sleeve.
Now that my kids are grown and my nest is empty, I’m always looking for creative ways to stay in touch with them. One of the things I do is text them first thing in the morning. It’s nothing long and, since it’s delivered before 6AM, it doesn’t usually elicit a response.
Most days the text is something along the lines of:
Good morning! I love you and am praying for your day. A good verse to hide in your heart: insert familiar scripture.
But one day I sent something a little different.
I sent a scary prayer.
“I love you and hope you have a great day! My prayer for you today:
Lord, if there’s anything unhealthy, unwholesome or unholy in Scott or Sarah’s lives, please bring it to a quick end. In Jesus’ name.”
“MOM,” shot back child #1, “what the HECK?”
“Really, Mom?” fired child #2.
Yes, really. I didn’t have any reason to believe there was anything going on, but I can’t possibly know everything that’s happening in their lives. I love them too much NOT to pray a scary prayer and ask God to redirect an errant path.
I remember when they were younger and at home. I longed for the day when they were grown and I’d no longer need to worry about them.
Adult children need just as much prayer as teenagers and elementary kids!
I cringe when I remember some of the detours I took as a young adult. I try not to let my mind wander down the paths of what-might-have-been. It’s not hard to break into joyful songs of praise as I thank the Lord for sparing me. And I ask Him to continue sparing me from my questionable decisions.
Then I ask Him to do the same for my children.
And, if you’ve read this far, for YOU.
O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me…
Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
~Ps 139:1,24 (nlt)