The two year old twins are sitting at the table. Bowl of lasagna in front of them. Forks in hands. "I do it," plaintively heard. Of course they didn't totally know how to do it, and a mess incurred. (A sweet mess, but a mess all the same.) Desire to be "big" has not yet intersected with ability. Parents sigh as they clean again.
The five year old sits at the table staring blankly at her math book. "I can't do this," she yells as she throws her pencil down. Her exasperated mother reviews (again) how to fill in the number line. "I don't know how!" she exclaims. Mom reminds her that it is just counting--one to twenty like she has been able to do for months. "I don't know!" she insists. Finally putting pencil to paper and quickly finishing she declares "I did it." Knowledge is there, but the child is unable to connect how to present it. The joys of beginning maths!
The teen sulks in his chair. "I don't know!" he insists. His parents are at a loss. How do they get him to talk? Why does he act outside of what they have taught him time and time again? What should be there next step?
As parents we encounter moment after moment where we or our children are at a loss of what to do. We are doing our very best, but it never seems to be enough. We just want a road map. We just want an instruction manual. We, really, want a guarantee that it will all be fine.
And we have it.
I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out -plans to take care of you . . .”
Jeremiah 29:11 (The Message)
The roadmap is that He holds the plans. I don't have to know it all. He is going to take care of me and my family. And He knows what He is doing.
Heavenly Father, thank you for having a plan to take care of me. Thank you that your plans are perfect. In my doubt, help me to trust Your plans. Amen.
Our hostess this week for In Other Words is Susan at Forever His. Please join us there to read other participant's reflections on this verse. Feel free to write your own reflection and add your link to Mr. Linky!