on a whole new look. We have been bringing our journals to the supper table and after dinner sharing what we learned that day or what God has been teaching us lately. This has been an amazing time….actually I am lacking words to describe how much I am enjoying this time.
The other night our time took a bit of a twist. As my daughter shared a verse she read in Eph., “Children honor your mother and father”, she went on to say, “I noticed it doesn’t say to honor my parents when they make sense or I agree with them.” Neat, I was enjoying her sharing.
Quickly she added her application, “Lately, I have been struggling with Mom. At times she doesn’t know what she is talking about. I sometimes think, ‘just stop talking; you don‘t know what you are talking about’. But, this verse reminds me that I am to honor her even in those times.”
Instantly a battle raged between my heart and mind. My feelings
were hurt, yet, my mind knew this was normal. I reminded myself to rejoice in God’s speaking to her. I was sad that I had frustrated her, while I knew she was growing up and weighing through what she thinks and believes. Part of me cried, “Fine, you are on your own,” while my heart only wanted the best for her and was willing to go through a season of friction.
How does Jesus love me? Unconditionally, allowing me to muddle
through some things in order to learn them for myself. Jesus was patient with me when I said “No” to His outstretched hand. Jesus still waits patiently for me to come to Him when I venture out on my own strength. Jesus persevered when He came to earth to live and die for each of us. He kept His eye on honoring His Father, so must I.
So really, my daughter and I must walk the same walk of honoring our Father (and Mother). She is learning to do this with me, an imperfect example. While I am learning to obey my Heavenly Father the perfect example.
By honoring my Father, I can love and guide my daughter through
this confusing time. It is alright for her not to see eye to eye with me every moment, as long as she can maintain honor. And God her Heavenly Father is already at work teaching her that lesson.