Oh, the depth of the riches, the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his adviser?” “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. (Romans 11:33-36)
I came from a family of college dropouts. I’ve watched my family struggle, but they are all hard workers, so they have done well. I followed in their footsteps. I graduated from high school when I was 17, went to college, dropped out at 18 and got married. I worked full-time as a property manager, paid a lot less than my male counterparts. My first husband was old fashioned. I was to do all the food buying and preparation, cleaning, and washing of clothes. I also went to college part-time. I was exhausted; I needed a new and better life. In hindsight, I needed to get back on God’s path.
We all have a history through which we have gained wisdom and knowledge. We don’t want our children to make the same mistakes we have. I wanted my children to be college graduates, not because I’m snobby. I believe the hard worker at McDonalds has just as much value as I do. I wanted life to be easier for them than it was for me and my family. I was a tough mom, very involved in their lives. I still let my son, 27, the only one of my children not married, know if I approve or disapprove of his relationships.
I am not all knowing, and I can’t see into the future, so I admit that I don’t really know what’s best for them. So, I turn to Our Heavenly Father who is all-knowing and does see into the future. I count on Him, through my prayers to guide my children, through the path He has traced for them. Sometimes they have to work through the wrath of His judgments as they learn from mistakes while I pray for them to get back on their paths. I think I know His mind and try to influence Him as I pray for specifics, but I can’t know His mind, and I don’t want to influence Him because He knows best. So, today, I have learned from His Word, and I’m adding to my Daily Prayer, “If my wants for my children are different from yours, please trump me and keep them on Your path.” It is only when they are on His path that life will be easy for them and that they will receive all the things that they need through Him. Glory be to God, forever. Amen!