And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
It was good for me to be afflicted, so that I might learn your decrees. (Ps. 119:71)
It’s been a tough seventh grade for one of our granddaughters.
Along with the challenges of Covid and the changes of adolescence, she’s struggled with a health curriculum focused on a multiplicity of sexual identifications as healthy and desirable choices. Her struggle hasn’t been about her own identity as a female heterosexual, but with persistent pressure from her best friend to “just try” lesbianism. When told she was a Christian, her friend said, “If you were really my friend, you wouldn’t be a Christian.” That, along with being called filthy names for not trying drugs, left her coming home every day increasingly anxious and angry. As always happens, the whole family shared the pain.
As a result, by June she was at the point of asking about the private Christian school in our area. After a tour and some questions, she wanted to make the switch. Just one major snag: the Grade 8 class was full, and there were already two others ahead of her on the waiting list.
So we prayed, and asked some others to join us. For our part, Kevin and I prayed not that she would be admitted, but that God’s perfect will would be done. Life has taught us that sometimes God has another plan than what we think is best. I’ve also felt led to pray that all of our children and grandchildren will be taught by the Lord, whatever their learning setting.
Just before I came to my computer this morning to post this week’s Inkling, the phone rang. It was my daughter with wonderful news: our granddaughter has been accepted to the Christian school for September! My thankfulness for God’s answer turned what I was planning to “inkle” into this praise report.
As He has demonstrated throughout our lives, God has taken afflictions and worked them together for good. He’s taken a series of hard things and turned them into a God thing. He’s removed what appeared to be serious obstacles and brought them in line with His plan and purposes. What a mighty and wonderful God we serve, who “tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs into his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those who have young.” (Isa 40:11)
My heart is full of thankfulness, Father, for Your Shepherd’s tender care; for carrying this lamb close to your heart. Continue to gently lead all who have young, I pray. In Jesus’ name I ask it. Amen.