Safe passage

Safe Passage; 2013; 11" x 17"; mixed media: ink, watercolor, pastel.

Safe Passage; 2013; 11″ x 17″; mixed media: ink, watercolor, pastel.

Life is anything but safe. Its twists and turns leave me breathless, sometimes in wonder and sometimes in shock. “Is all of this going anywhere?” I am prone to ruminate in my weaker moments.

But for all my own wrestling, my heart’s greatest vulnerability lies in watching my children tangle with the dangers of life, particularly my two kids who are adopted. At times, it seems as if they arrived with clipped wings. Wounds of early trauma and neglect impede their flight attempts; at times they can only flounder in the nest.

A few weeks ago, David and I were fortunate to spend some time with friends whose adopted daughter is testing her wings in early adulthood. My friend described her longing for her child’s “safe passage” through many challenges. The phrase ignited my imagination.

If only I could shield my children from the harsh crosswinds, the driving rain, the terror of night. But I am powerless. Perhaps the vulnerabilities of my two adopted children teach me early what is true for all children, even the healthiest child with the most perfect environment in which to flourish – they belong to Jesus and only He can lead them safely home.

I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes from the Chronicles of Narnia series. Lucy asks if Aslan the Lion is quite safe. “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

In the end, this is my ultimate hope. I believe I will look back on my own quite unsafe flight, as well as the danger-infested journeys of my children, and see the One who is so very good, leading us through uncharted territory, bringing us safely home.

4 thoughts on “Safe passage

  1. I love this, Colleen. It’s hard enough surrendering our lives to Christ, but it’s especially difficult to do that for our children. I love this piece too. Beautiful. Keep ’em coming!

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  2. I love to read these….It could be me with different fears, tangles, etc. I read in a devotional
    this year something to the effect that like fishing we should leave our tangle lines of life in the hands of God. I agree. And in a bible study I lead once a friend in the study said to me
    for encouragement, ” Smile as you move mountains; Jesus has your back.” When she told me I thought of all of Psalm 23 and the last verse, 6, which says Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the
    LORD forever.” Isaiah 52:12b says, “For the LORD will go before you, and the God of
    Israel will be your rear guard.” One of my favorite verses is Job 26:7, “He stretches out the north
    over empty spaces,and hangs the earth on nothing.” What is empty and nothing?? ah a
    thought to ponder. I have written in my bible next to this verse, ” If God does that what are
    my problems to Him?” Be encouraged dear friend, He holds you and your family in the palm of His hand AND Jesus has your back!

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