One of the things I wish I could get young moms to see is what I could not see when I was a young mom. So here it is: Your children are going to grow up. Not only that, they will have children of their own, Lord willing, and those little people will grow up too.
I know this sounds extremely simple. But it isn’t. When my husband was laboring away to start a Christian school for our three children, I was just seeing it all one day or week or year at a time. They moved from first to second to third grade and so on. But now I have thirteen grandchildren in this same school, and my son is on the school board and one daughter is teaching high school lit classes while the other is helping with the fundraisers. They all have children in the school, and they are invested just as much as we are, or maybe even more. What a surprise! What was I expecting anyway?
So what’s my point? The point is that God makes promises to His people regarding their children. Believe them! I can see it with my own eyes now, so it isn’t my faith that is seeing it. But my faith has been enlarged as a result of seeing His faithfulness to me and to my children and to my grandchildren. Now think about this: a thousand generations (Ex. 20:6). That is what I want to see by faith because I can’t see that far with my eyes. I won’t be able to seat all those descendents around my Sabbath table, no matter how many leaves I put in.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
We serve a God of great glory and goodness. He loves our children. He loves to see our children brought up faithfully to love and serve Him. He loves to promise us our children. And He loves it when we believe Him. I guess it is simple. But it’s not easy.
(Note: Thanks to Elizabeth Sensing for the Easter photo.)