Trusting God in the Journey

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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-240x300Lori 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.

8 Responses to Trusting God in the Journey

  1. Having raised five children who are all adults now, I totally needed this article. God has been working in my heart “a lot” lately about trusting HIM with their spiritual growth, etc.
    Blessings,
    andrea

  2. Being Mommy to two adult daughters and Grandma to two little girls and Mother-Lisa to my son-in-law, I was blessed in reading your post Lori as I’m sure many will be.

    This is perfectly said: “God is showing me, He’s got a firm hold on my kids. I can trust Him not to let go.”

    Thanks for sharing with us friend.

    Love and hugs!

  3. Lori,
    Being a mom of two adult children, both out collecting their testimony, this post encourages me to stay focused on God and get out of His way.

    Because like you said…”God hears and He is near.”

    In His Grace~Tammy

  4. As a “mature” single mom of a wonderful teen aged son, I am grateful to God for our JOURNEY. HE won’t let go..and oh yes, HE is faithful! Thank you for sharing.

  5. I love it when my adult children (and their husbands) tell me they like to be with me and my husband, Tom. They know what we stand for but we too try to pray rather than offer our advice about some of their choices. It has to be their faith, their walk with God. They may not always choose the best, but they keep coming back to Him (and us.) God’s Word works, and we declare it over them!

    I love the hiking story!

  6. I needed that. My son wants to go away to college and get an apartment while working. Sounds great! I have been praying for God to show me and give me peace. That message really spoke to me. God is truly in control. I have to trust him. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Like Mary, our grown children & grandchildren go to great lengths to spend time with us. Even so, none of them walks with the Lord (a long story). I’ve cried, thrown fits, stormed heaven (ostensibly praying but, in truth, attempting to manipulate God), prayed for real, given up and ~ at long last ~ rest in God’s promises. Trust has not come easily to me, but anything short of it is worthless. What’s more, my worst day in the Lord is far better than my best day in the flesh. Trust makes the difference.

    I love your heart, sweet sister. Thank you for sharing it.

  8. Although I don’t have children of my own, I pray for my siblings and their families. We were all raised in the same faith but each went their own way. So I pray and many times I see the hand of God at work in their lives. In the meantime, I live my life in front of them with much love and grace.

    I loved how you shared how the Lord answered your prayers and your daughter was able to see that. I also love how other people get involved when you least expect it. Our Lord can use others in His plans. I’ve learned that lesson.

    So glad that you wrote this post. I think of the Scripture from Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

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