Although this wasn’t from last week’s Scripture reading, I just had to share.
Exodus 20:3 says, “You shall have no other gods before me” (ESV).
Yesterday morning, our congregation observed the Lord’s Table. The pastor shared a very familiar insight, but it struck me with brand new force.
I’ve been worried about my kids’ spiritual lives. I know it’s not right to worry, but it was as if my heart was in a vice. The walls felt as if they were closing in. It seemed as if I was repeatedly on the verge of a panic attack.
And then Pastor Doug reminded us that God gave His Son. I’ve known that as far back as I can remember, but those words sank deep into my soul. Instantly, I knew what I had to do.
Although I had done so when they were babies, I hadn’t consciously offered my three to the Lord for a very long time, and now they’re all in their 20s.
By surrendering them to Him for the furtherance of His kingdom and for His honour and glory, I once again gave the Lord His rightful place in my life.
As parents, especially as mothers, it’s so easy to put our kids in the #1 spot in our lives. As a believer, I needed to recognize this is what I’d done.
Last week, I’d felt a tangible tug on my heart. I wanted to more completely, more adequately worship Almighty God. This weekend, He showed me one way I can do so.
And as is always the case when we walk in obedience, He pours out His blessings. When I surrendered my three to Him, I immediately sensed His peace. I don’t know what their future holds, but I know I can trust Him. He gave His Son for me. I must be willing to do the same.
According to the prophet Isaiah, God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, and His ways are not our ways. I must rest in that and His love for me and for my children.