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When God Has a Better Plan

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The Pharisees said to Him, "Do you hear what these are saying?"  And Jesus said to them, 'Yes, have you never read, "Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise"?'  Matthew 21:16 (ESV) 

As a mom, my most exciting moments have been seeing spiritual markers in my kids’ lives.  It gives me joy, peace and hope to see my kiddos walking with Jesus. 

One such time happened when my son was only nine.  We had set sail on a cruise from Florida, expecting to have a fabulous, fun-filled trip.  We had already experienced disappointment since I was unfamiliar with cruises and had missed the deadline for signing up for the dolphin excursion.  My six-year old daughter did not receive the news well and had spent some time crying about that lost opportunity. 

On day two of our seven-day cruise, we learned that there were not one but two hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and the danger would force our captain to make the decision to reroute the trip.  I remember returning to the cabin as the news sank in that all previous plans had been cancelled and any new on-shore activities were uncertain.  We were pretty down and my daughter again began to sob. 

I can still see my sweet son's face full of hope, joy and child-like faith as he spoke fourteen little words.  "Maybe God has something better planned for us than we had planned for ourselves."  At that moment, my breath caught in my chest as I realized that he could be right. 

Now, I know that God does not give us everything we want, because He is at work through difficult situations just as He is in the good times.  On this occasion, though, He chose to affirm my son's faith and confirm his belief.  We experienced everything we wanted to, including a swim in the ocean with dolphins that had not previously been possible. 

This spiritual milestone in my son's life became a mom milestone in mine.   Even when I am not where I need to be, God is still working in my children's lives.  He will be more of a parent for them than I could ever be.  I just need to move out of the way and trust Him to do what I cannot. 

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1 John 3:1-2, John 16

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Are you trusting your child's future to God?  Or, are you trying to protect them from difficulties that are God's fertile ground for teaching?   

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God, help me to trust Your ways are best for my child even when they experience unfavorable situations.  Help me have wisdom to know how to guide them through these times and teach them to lean on You.  In Jesus name, Amen. 

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