The last time I took an aeroplane I was watching the safety announcement. The film explained that if there is a failure of the cabin oxygen system, oxygen masks will fall from the overhead panel. There was a section where the film shows a mother fitting her own oxygen mask before turning to her child. It clearly makes the point that each individual should see to their own oxygen supply before helping anyone else.
Of course that makes perfect sense but, as a mother, I know I would be tempted to see to my child first. For some reason this image stayed with me for several days until it came to me why I couldn’t get it out of my mind. No one else in my family is a believer and it is particularly on my mind when it comes to my children. I had been thinking about this recently – whether there had been more I could have done while the children were younger.
However, the message came through loud and clear – look to your own spiritual journey and leave everyone else’s to God. We are only untimately responsible for our own path and we underestimate God and show lack of faith if we can’t put others into his arms and leave them there. That is not to say that we can’t pray for them and set an example but, ultimately, we have to rest ourselves and our loved ones in God’s capable care – ‘Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him’ (psalm 37:7). Easier said than done but do not fret!