“So David inquired of the Lord, ‘Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?’ The Lord answered him, “Go, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into your hands.”
“…so David inquired of the Lord, and he answered, ‘Do not go straight up, but circle around behind them and attack them in front of the poplar trees. As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move quickly, because that will mean the Lord has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.’” 2 Samuel 5:19, 23 -24 NIV
After I had my first son who fit the firstborn/type A persona perfectly, I foolishly thought I had this parenting thing in the bag. He hit all his mile markers after all and listened and obeyed. Even as he got older he would set his alarm and wake up on his own, did all his chores and homework, and then would be ready to play. My second child who came along 4 years later was the complete opposite, she was extremely sensitive and helpful but wasn’t as self-motivated as her brother. Coaxing her to finish what she started was like pulling her teeth. Then the Lord blessed us with 3 more diverse children and I started to think God had a sense of humor! Different appetites, likes and dislikes, sleep patterns, different abilities, different talents, different learning styles, even different methods of discipline. I soon realized I didn’t have this parenting thing in the bag after all! I certainly didn’t have the answers and learned quickly to lean on the Lord for every step in my parenting!
Sometimes, ‘experience’ can be helpful…. Other times it can feel useless. I think of David in the Bible– he had taken down Goliath and the Philistines and a plethora of other tribes as he was on the run from Saul but instead of going back into battle with the same plan every time, he asked the Lord for strategy.
We can learn a lesson from David. Just like every battle needs a strategic plan, every child needs God’s divine plan. Mamas, we need to inquire of the Lord when our children surprise us or test us or just want to walk to the beat to their own drum. We need to inquire of the Lord for direction and for answers, for peace and revelation. We serve an all-knowing God who knew us before we were even formed in our mother’s womb- God is that intimate with us, mamas! We can ask Him anything, and He will tell us- especially wisdom for our lambs!
Keep seeking and walking with Jesus daily for your child’s strategic blueprint and take heart, we have access to the Strategist!
Rae-Ellen Sanders and the Help Club for Moms Team