Y’all know my son is away at college. Not too far away though. Just 3 hours. So he gets to come home often. Praise the Lord! Somethings have happened for him, even though I didn’t pray about them specifically.
In the time leading up to his departure, I of course prayed for him. I prayed for his roomate, prayed for his peace, prayed that he would make friends and pray that he would make good choices.
A few weeks after we left him at college, he had a knock at his door. It was some other college kids inviting him and his roomate to a party. The party was just across the basketball court in the common room of the apartment complex.
He and his roommate decided to go. When they got there they realized that this was a Christian party. I didn’t get all the details of what they did at this party, but he said he and his roommate played pool, met some cool people and had a really good time. They were then invited to go to Sunday night worship which they did attend the very next Sunday night. Jordan said he enjoyed as well.
So this last week I was thinking about these events. How his roommate is a believer. How the people knocking on his door are believers. The events he is being invited to are Christian activities. All in a secular college setting.
Upon the realization that my son is being surrounded by believers in a secular college setting, I tried to remember if I prayed for that. I’m sure I did, but I can’t specifically remember. This mamas heart is full of prayers for her boy.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
Regardless of whether I specifically asked the Lord to bring christian people into his life while away at college or not, I praise the Lord for surrounding my son with believers. He knew this mamas heart and made sure it happened. For that I am so very grateful.
19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
The Lord knows what He’s doing. Even when we are unaware or unsure, He is always watching out for us and our children. The tough part is trusting Him with what He has for us. Trusting and knowing that His ways are right and better than our own ways. As parents, I know that is difficult to accept sometimes.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
The Lord calls us to trust Him with all of our hearts and not our own understanding. However, as sinful beings we struggle with being obedient with our trust in Him. Some of us more than others. I have written a post on Obedience which you can read and see why I struggle with it. “Why Is Obedience So Difficult?”
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
The Lord is faithful. He is trust worthy. He loves us more than we even know. He has plans of us that we cannot comprehend. He protects us in ways that we cannot even see. Even though I didn’t pray, the Lord surrounded my son with christian people and activities that I didn’t know were even available to him. I am so thankful the Lords ways are higher than my ways. I had encouraged my son to leave campus to attend a C&MA sister church in the area. All along the Lord knew Jordan would have limited time and brought the church to him right were he is.
In the “leave comment” link above this post, tell me what things the Lord has done for you or your family, Even Though You Didn’t Pray. Let’s share who great God is and encourage one another.