I recently went on a trip with my parents. I’ve been on a lot of trips with them in my lifetime, but this one was different. There was a moment God spoke to me as I was walking behind my dad. I slowed down to capture this picture wondering exactly how God was going to have me use it. That evening in our hotel room as my mom was getting ready for bed my daughter, nephew and I were laughing and carrying on. In the middle of it I noticed my dad kneeling down in prayer. I’ve seen my parents pray my entire life. However, this time was different. You see, in the midst of laughter and chaos my dad didn’t stop his routine of kneeling by the bed praying. The picture of that will always be in my heart and in my mind as my dad kept Jesus first.
Fast forward a couple of weeks I called my mom crying my eyes out. I hadn’t lost my faith or given up on God, but the pressures of life were weighing me down and I was tired. My mom stopped what she was doing and listened to me. She said one of the most powerful things that she has ever spoken to me.
“Baby just ask God to grab ahold of your hand and not let go. He is right there with you and He won’t leave you.”
Now I know this, but at that moment the words she spoke to me made me realize God was tightly holding my hand and I lost sight of that in the tears.
I would like to say after that night I woke up and all the answers to my questions appeared but they did not and have not-yet.
I’ve learned a few things in the waiting process that is still continuing over 60 days later in a situation where we stepped out in faith.
1. No news is simply that, no news.
That saying no news is good news is really ridiculous in my opinion.
No news sometimes turns out to be not so good news. How we process it and react to it can change bad news to good news if Jesus is glorified in those moments.
2. In every situation we can learn something if we just learn to listen to God.
3. What are my feet saying? Are they walking the faith I claim to have? Are they walking in the direction God is sending me even though I can’t see the next step?
2 Corinthians 5:7
4. Am I leaving the same legacy my parents are leaving in the words I speak and the steps I take?
Deuteronomy 4:4-10, Deuteronomy 11:19-20
5. Never loose sight of praising God, He has your best interest at heart.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
I’m beyond blessed and grateful for the parents God gave me. I am daily sending my prayer request to them. I wouldn’t be where I am today without their guidance. Looking back they loved, taught and disciplined just as the bible teaches us to do.