Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Master Plan


O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with  things too great and too marvelous for me. – Psalm 131:1


As a new mom, I was terrified to care for my beautiful infant son. The responsibility far outweighed my confidence, and I was sure I would ruin his life before his first birthday. I rarely simply relaxed, gazing at his sweet face and enjoying the miracle. Sometimes I managed to, but more often my stomach was in knots as I fretted over my inability to protect him from my mistakes. My driven temperament spurred on by motherly love, I didn’t even question my need to do the job perfectly. I tried in vain to appease the implacable results idol.


Some responsibilities are so consequential that they push us to either denial or dependence on God’s power. Denial has to be the bane of parenting. Parents in denial cannot see properly to guide a child through life’s ups and downs. There’s no need for denial when we realize that we are only responsible to depend on God today; tomorrow's results are up to him. And Scripture shows us what God can do through our dependence.

The apostle Paul bore the responsibility of planting at least 14 churches, enduring severe persecution, shipwreck, hunger, beatings, and more. At times, he felt “so utterly burdened beyond (his) strength that (he) despaired of life itself.” (2 Corinthians 1:8) But he realized "that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead." (v. 9) Paul's dependent obedience produced results far beyond what he could have imagined. His letters comprise almost the entire New Testament. They continue to change lives 2,000 years after Paul lived.

And Jesus, of course, undertook to save the world – the only superhero who actually existed! He left us a perfect example, not of great strategizing or careful planning, but of simple, daily dependence on God. Following his Father’s plan step by step, he paid for the sins of the world, redeeming anyone who trusts in him.

It’s a lot easier to obey God today, trusting that he will use everything we do for our children in ways beyond what we can presently imagine. We can enjoy today and leave the results of our parenting to God. He has the master plan.



10 comments:

  1. This is so beautiful. It is touching the way you put this. Very true about parenting, very true about enjoying today and leaving the results of our parenting to God. If we don't, we can literally worry ourselves to the brink of insanity!! Thanks for the reminder to keep leaning on Him.

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    1. Thanks, Rhonda! I think this is an issue most moms struggle with today.

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  2. Thanks for the reminder. I know I worry too much about my parenting skills- or lack thereof! I get too overwhelmed by things. I should learn to put my trust in God. Yes, I should depend on Him for things beyond my control.

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    1. You're welcome, Pepper Tan! Thanks for visiting. I'm glad this was helpful.

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  3. Your post is an excellent reminder that we are not alone in our parenting journey. All we have to do as parents, is live life as good Christians, and teach our children the values the bible has taught us. As long as be build that foundation, god will take care of the rest. Great post!

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    1. Thank you, Joanna. Glad you stopped by. : )

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  4. I pray daily for my children (small and grown) to find and follow God's will for their life. I really liked your post.

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    1. Thanks, mail4rosey. That is an important prayer for our children - thank you for mentioning that.

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  5. It's true, that in some ways it is easier, but it is always a little difficult to just let go, and let God. Guess that's where relaxed faith comes in! :-)

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