I have three children who have come of age to begin their journey on leaving the nest. One of them has gone off and is doing really well and I have two that are going through the college journey. This year is very difficult in the sense that one of the college kids is a vet and is going into their junior year. The other though is going to be a freshman. This child has their entire life ahead of them but yet they are entering college during a global pandemic. They are leaving home with many skills that we have taught them but never would we have thought that we would have to teach them how to live with people with this type of thing going on. Never did we think that we would have to send them out into the world with the United States so racially and socially divided. But here we are in 2020 and all of these things are right in front of us.
I am truly at a lost myself but because I know my children have a relationship with God I know they will be ok. I know that I have given them tools that should help them to navigate through these hard times that have been placed before them. I believe that even during times when our children are “all grown up” the praying and fasting for them is not over. I feel that we have to move it to a deeper level. Our children need us Fathers. They need us to be ready to stand in the Gap for them. They need us to hold them up when there are tears. They need us to still be there for them financially when they really end up in a bind. John told us in 3 John 1:4 “I have no greater Joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” When we have given them the tools to make it through the world then it will give us so much joy when we see them succeeding.
Let’s look at it from another view you have given your child all the tools and they decide that they don’t want to follow in the path that was laid out for them what comes next? I personally feel like I stated before that is when the additional fasting and praying comes into play. You lay down specific things before the Lord when it comes to your children. It doesn’t even have to be when your children are doing wrong. Just when things are not going best for them or you want them to be better. It makes me think about a story the First Lady of our church told. She was telling us that one of her children was really in need for a job and to be out of the situation they where in. She told us that is when her faith took over and she began trusting and believing in God that he was going to make things work out for her child’s good. She told us that she prayed and she planted a seed for her child’s situation and in a few days time the child was offered multiple job offers. God has the power to work things out for us and our children we just have to believe.
Yours In Christ,
A Christian Dad