Have you ever driven yourself crazy trying to protect one of your kids? When Elijah was first learning to walk, I was so afraid he would fall. I remember putting one hand in front of him and one hand behind him so I could catch him either way that he fell.
I sometimes wish that I could still do that. Oh that I could have back the days where all I had to worry about was my 1 year old falling. Now I could worry myself sick thinking about something bad happening at school or a snake in the woods behind our house or a friendship that could be a bad influence on them.
I love these verses…
Psalm 139:5 You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Isaiah 52:12 For the Lord will go ahead of you;
yes, the God of Israel will protect you from behind.
Does this mean that God will keep anything bad from happening to me or the people in my life that I love the most. No. Because we live in a fallen world. I think the comfort that comes from these verses is in knowing that God is in my past, my present and my future. He is there when I get hurt and He is the One who heals me.
So I pray for my children’s and my loved one’s protection. But I also pray for them to realize that God is with them. Before and behind. Helping them make every decision and take every action.
And I pray it for myself. That I would know that He is with me. Before and behind.