On almost a daily basis, I chuckle to myself as this Scripture verse runs through my head, “And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.” (Genesis 11:6) It may not be the verse most mothers think of, and I know this is not the context of the passage, but as I watch my three boys grow, I cannot help but think of this phrase!
Today I watched my 1½ year old, Everett, scale another piece of furniture. Since we’ve had three boys in three years, and each one has been a climber and an escape-artist, I would think I would be done childproofing by now. But no. I am not done. Not at all. This wonder of a child has the determination of his oldest brother and the spy skills of his middle brother. These photos were all taken in one week—just a normal week with “Mount Everett.”
(Note that the Helper Tower in the picture above was folded and put away. He put it together and pushed it across the room to get to the snack shelf. To top it off, he has numerous food allergies, so this is more dangerous than it seems! Also, this is the top bunk of a bunk bed. We don’t have the ladder up, he just scaled the dresser built into it!)
So as I watched him scale yet another piece of furniture, I thought, “God, what were you thinking giving him to me?” Please hear me--it wasn’t a question posed in disrespect, but in pure, honesty inquiry. Those who have read my post from last fall know that my oldest was already keeping me quite busy, and my middle one is stubbornly seeking toddler independence right now! I wondered why or how God thought I could handle these three. Immediately, Malachi 2:15 came to mind. “Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring.” The Israelites were being rebuked for their lack of faithfulness to their wives because God was seeking godly offspring. Then in a flood these other Scriptures came to mind:
Romans 8:28-29a, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son…”
Psalm 139:1-4, 13-14, 16,
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.”
We see how intimately involved God is in the process of forming a child, how He is constantly in the process of conforming us to the image of his Son, and how He is seeking godly offspring, it does seem fair to say that YES! God chose these children for you. Whether your child(ren) came to you through typical biological means or otherwise, you can rest assured that He is sovereign in all things: “...the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139:16) God knew that child was coming to you!
When we are struggling for strength to parent those we’ve been given, we need to cling to these truths. It was God's plan for those kids to be nurtured in your home, under your care. Wow! What a privilege and a challenge to remain faithful! He also knew that those precious kiddos would be a means of sanctification for us—boy is that true! Instead of fighting the process, let’s ask God to walk with us, transforming us and our children. We can ask others to pray for us, but let’s pray with surrendered hearts, with God’s goal as our own.
The great news is that others have gone before us to encourage us in this job. Betsy spent years studying and applying God's Word on the topic of how to raise godly offspring. Now that you know your role in God’s plan—and in the lives of your children, why not get a little help along the way?
Entrusted with a Child’s Heart comes in two formats to encourage you in your parenting. Either use the Book format on your own, look for a class near you, or start a new one! Our annual leadership training will help you get off to a great start. (Watch our website for dates this spring!)
Either way, this is one goal we can’t afford to wait on!