When I was living over in Norway and going to language school, I rode the bus. Every morning we would pass this music store that had a picture of a little boy playing his guitar and singing his little heart out. I loved that picture so much and was convinced that that was going to be what my son would be like.
Well, I came across it the other day while I was looking at an article. It was a subtle reminder to me of how the Lord has better plans for our lives than we do. Maybe one day my little Liam will be a guitar player and have an awesome voice, but what if he doesn’t? It wouldn’t matter to me. I love him just the way that he is and how God made him to be. Plus I think he is way cuter than the little boy in the picture 😉
It’s taught me not to have these expectations of my children that are not realistic. I don’t want them to grow up as little cookie cutter children I want them to be themselves and have their own personalities. Yes, train them up in the ways of the Lord, but at some point they are going to have thoughts and opinions of their own. I don’t know what we will face down the road with my three little blessings, but I pray that they will all come to know the Lord as their Savior and choose to follow Him.
That’s one of the hardest things for a parent to accept, I think. I wish that I could earn it for them or had some way to assure that they would come to the Lord. It’s an especially hard place for me to trust the Lord with. We pray every night for our children’s salvation and that the Lord would open their eyes to His saving grace, and we teach them about Him daily during devotions. I know that neither of these things will assure their salvation, but I am continuing to plant seeds of faith in their lives.
The Lord hears my cries and knows my thoughts, desires, and plans for my kids, but regardless of my plans His plans are always better, and I need to learn to trust in the Lord.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”