Updated: Mar 14, 2020
Smooth seas never made a skillful sailor, or parent.
Have you ever heard that old saying? That is my motto for exactly this period in my life. I am in the middle of the sea called parenting and I know a lot of you are right there with me. Some days are calm, some are sunny, some days I feel like it’s dead calm and I am stuck in the middle with no food or water and scurvy is starting to set it!!! However, right now I am in the middle of a SQUALL!!! I can’t see the promise land on the other side. My lungs feel like I’m drowning and my ship is being tossed about by issue after issue. It’s times like these that I have to step back mentally and emotionally to refocus and take out my compass. God’s word has always been my compass for true North. Never has it steered me wrong. A compass is amazing, It points me in the right direction regardless of the obstacles we are facing. It just keeps sending me on the right path; but even more than that it gives us the skills to develop or map out a plan for parenting through the storms.
Matthew 14:28-33 says “ And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water. He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him. “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” and when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. and those in the boat worshipped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Now allow me to put forth this idea to you. So Jesus said “O you of little faith” to Peter, right?? Well riddle me this, faith in what? Faith that Jesus wouldn’t be able to stand on water, ummmm Jesus immediately lifted Peter up. So logically the only other person there to have faith in would be Peter. Peter lost faith in HIMSELF, he stopped believing Jesus’ command to come and walk on the water with him. He stopped having the faith in himself that he could follow Jesus through the storm.
I truly believe that is the same with us as parents, we forget that God called us to be parents, he blessed us with our children and he believes we can walk with Him through all the storms of life. He sets the example and believes that we can walk in his foot steps. Dear parent, I pray you feel I am speaking straight to YOU. You can weather this storm. Get back to using the compass for life and breath, read scripture and keep sailing. I have faith that the good that God has already started in your life, I believe he will see that through to the other shore. Good parents stumble but keep heading true North. Cast your sights on the end goal and trust that God has already empowered you to be mighty in him and also that God has given our children the seeds in their hearts to find him. We just have to nurture those seeds.