“We will not hide these truths from our children; we tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power, and his mighty wonders.” Psalm 78:4 NLT
My daughter had just returned home from her Jr. High mission trip to Arlington, Texas. Sitting at the dinner table, she chronicled the many events that took place over the last three days. The next morning, I peeked into her room to see if she was still sleeping, only to find her surrounded with Bible, journal and pen. Her excitement and behavior assisted me to relive some of my own mile markers from that season in my life. My Jr. High and Sr. High years were littered with mission trips here, there and abroad. They were also filled with godly leaders investing spiritual disciplines in my life; teaching me how to be successful in my understanding of Scripture, God and how to commune with Him.
Later that evening, I drove her home from a mentorship program that our youth ministry has implemented. I began asking her questions about what she was learning. She talked me through some of the disciplines she was learning to implement about scripture study and journaling. She also explained how she saw the Lord using our move to Oklahoma to mature her in her faith and understanding of the unforeseen ways God draws us closer to Him. With the fading of her voice, I was compelled to share with her the foundation of my own anchored faith in Jesus. I explained that many of the experiences she is being given and the disciplines she is learning were firm stepping stones in my walk with the Lord. Yet, in my aging through youth, young adult, and current day life, I quickly learned that everything changes. People change, circumstances change, seasons change, and I change. I knew inherently that I would disappoint the ones I love and that I would make some colossal mistakes. I quickly apprehended that I needed something in my life that I could depend to remain firm and God was the only one I found. I may not always understand His ways or what He allows, but He will never forsake me and His promises have proven to be the truest of anchors.
Parenting is a conundrum of mistakes and successes, aches and joys. Yet, it is also the most precious gift to get to walk with them as they walk with Him.
“As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like stones are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ, For it stands in Scripture: ‘Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.’” 1 Peter 2:4-6