"In the journey of parenthood,
you don't have to see the whole staircase...
just the first step."
I saw this statement on the internet and started really thinking about it. I recently have been convicted about how much I needed to do just that ... concentrate only on today's steps.
You see, a year and a half ago our eldest son and daughter-in-love moved to Ft. Lauderdale to pursue what Preston felt God was calling him to do. In May of 2015 my other son, daughter-in-love and only grandchild will be relocating to Castle Rock, Colorado. That's all well and good except WE live in South Carolina!
Don't get me wrong, I am truly excited for all of them. Each truly believes God has called him there and for that I know they will be truly blessed in their obedience. They are stepping out on faith that this is where God wants them.
Would I have preferred God to have consulted me about the location and distance from home? The mom in me says "yes" but then the Christ follower in me has to smile and say that I know that's not how it works. He understands how I feel though and he does not negate the apprehension. He knows a mom's heart and how much every mom loves their child. He knows that of you too.
As moms we have the tendency to want to know what God will be doing today, tomorrow, next month and next decade when it comes to our children. We want to plan, rearrange, avoid, and, yes, even divert God's plans to follow our plans instead of the other way around. Through many seasons of frustration and anxiety as a direct result of my trying to redirect the inevitable, I've gained the realization that God knows best when it comes to those special beings we bring into this world. What I am asking my Father to help me do in this situation is to help me (and them) take one step at a time and to stay focused on trusting him TODAY while reassuring me that he will take care of the rest.
I have no doubt some of you parents are thinking, "Well, if you only knew our situation you couldn't say all of that so confidently". My response would be that I'm not always confident and that's exactly why I so very much need to keep asking and letting him reassure me that he has each situation on his radar.
So in this season of Thanksgiving, I'm finding strength in letting God take the lead. I thank him for each step he takes our family through regardless of the difficulty because I've come to realize we will all grow from the journey. I thank him for past steps but especially for today's steps. Tomorrow I will ask for enough grace and mercy for the steps that come at that point.
Especially in November, thankfulness should be a constant. What needs to be in the forefront for you? In a sentence or two in the comment section below please share what you feel your Father wants you to be thankful for and maybe even what you need reassurance in. Sometimes making a public admission tends to hold us more closely accountable. Parking Space Faith desires for us to be a family that can share our hearts with one another.
Thanks for your willingness to share and hopefully allowing someone else to not feel like they are the only one out there struggling.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33
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