I invite you to read Lori’s post for Summer Son-shine.
By Lori Wildenberg
Trusting in God is contrary to our self-sufficient highly independent culture. It goes against our (by our I mean my) grain. I must be a control freak. I don’t like relinquishing what I perceive to be my power or my will. I’m a Do it Yourselfer.
It seems the position God often places me, is in the spot of inability to rely solely on…me.
I was pretty confident my kids would be spiritually mature by the time they reached young adulthood. My husband, Tom, and I raised them in a faith-filled home.
But… I’m finding each child is in a different place in their walk. At this stage in their life my perceived control over their spiritual journey is zero. Sure Tom and I can make an indirect impact on our now young adult children but it’s up to them to hang on to that baton of a faith.
My constant petition is that the Lord draws each of my children to himself. He is doing that by making himself known in their daily life.
In some small ways God has shown up very big.
One of my girls is now living over 1,000 miles from home. I had the chance this spring to visit her. The second day of my trip we went for a hike, one that involved climbing ropes. Before we started the hike, I mentioned we should get some water. Samantha thought we wouldn’t really need it and it would be too cumbersome to carry. She reassured me the hike wasn’t particularly long, just technical so we should be fine.
Rather than pushing my preference I prayed, “God don’t let me get thirsty.”
After we completed the rope section of our hike, I thought it sure would be great to have a sip of water. I mentioned this to God. Just then, another hiker tapped me on the shoulder, “I noticed you don’t have any water. I have extra water bottles, would you like one?”
God hears and He is near.
I told the kind woman she was an answer to prayer. I couldn’t get over how God took care of me, just when I needed it. This exchange didn’t go unnoticed by my daughter. She shook her head and laughed as we continued to pick our way through the rocks and up the steep incline.
My scheduled departure was Sunday morning. The time went too fast. I had hoped to get a later flight when making the trip arrangements. I asked Tom his opinion on my return time. He preferred the earlier one. If I insisted on the later flight he would have acquiesced. But I stayed quiet (another miracle) and went with his choice.
Sunday came and I checked my e-mails. My flight was cancelled. I was able to reschedule for the later flight, the one I had wanted in the first place!
What a blessing. My daughter and I got the gift of extra time. Another God boast!
There have been many other God winks for my daughter to notice: She lost her wallet and told me about it days later. She was sure it was gone for good since almost a week had gone by. I told her I’d pray about it. And God, being the faith builder He is, had her wallet turn up the next day!
On Easter I prayed she would get to church. I began feeling anxious about it. But I trusted God and stayed pretty quiet (truth be told not totally quiet) Then… a friend of mine sent me a text message saying she wanted Samantha’s phone number because she was going to be in LA for Easter and wondered if she’d like to join her family at church. Samantha and a friend of hers went to church with the out-of-towners.
God is showing me, He’s got a firm hold on my kids. I can trust Him not to let go.
He is showing my kids He loves them and He is near. He’s demonstrating that He hears prayer and cares about all the details of our lives.
Even in the times where their grip (or mine) slips, God has a firm hold on my children (and me). He won’t let go. God is faithful.
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. Deuteronomy 7:9
Lori Wildenberg is passionate about coming alongside parents to encourage, empower, and support them in their quest to parent well. She communicates effectively with transparency, warmth, and gentle humor. Her realistic approach engages her audience and meets parents where they are and then helps them get to where they want to go. Lori, a licensed parent and family educator, has more than twenty-five years’ experience working with families. Her parenting philosophy is focused on developing a child’s heart and character. Lori is the co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting and has co-authored three parenting books including Raising Little Kids with Big Love and Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love. The Wildenbergs live in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. A perfect day in Lori’s world is hiking with her husband, Tom, four kids, and labradoodle. Lori is available for speaking and parent consulting. Contact her at www.loriwildenberg.com or www.1Corinthians13Parenting.com.