I started my parenting journey thinking because I had come from a good family situation, I knew what I was doing and could handle being a mother just fine.
“Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18
Yes, let me be the first one to verify that truth.
In God’s infinite wisdom, He gave me a strong-willed first-born. Quickly, I was thrown to my face realizing and declaring I could do nothing on my own……that if our child would amount to anything, it would have to be the Lord and Him alone. I moved from the driver’s seat to my prepared passenger seat and have enjoyed the ride much more ever since.
Life has happened, and it has been full of life indeed. Today, my second-born son, Jax, turns fifteen, and my heart and mind are full of experiences with him I never could have orchestrated on my own. Adventure…….pure adventure! Each day has held a bucket-full of opportunities to love, teach, pray, thank, celebrate,……and all along the way the Lord has told me to just point to Him. That’s all. He is in the driver’s seat. He holds the plans for my son. He knows where he is going.
Today I listen to my child worship with his gift of music, and the Lord’s presence humbles me as I witness His handiwork in Jax. I see Jax’s nature in how he loves others, and I smile at God’s glory. I watch as my child makes decisions and develops habits, and I thank God he allows me to see His manifestations in my child. How great is the joy when it is His glory I behold. How pathetic it would have been to see only what I could have done.
How I praise you, Lord, for picking me up, taking me out of the driver’s seat, yet letting me enjoy this ride with you. To say you’ve taken me on the beautiful scenic route would be an understatement.
And I just can’t wait to see what’s ahead!
Happy Birthday, Son!