I clearly remember the day. I was on the phone with my friend Karen – crying, certain that I’d totally ruined my children and that God would find me guilty of destroying two perfectly good children. Funny, all these years later, I don’t remember what I had done – what the kids had done – or anything else concerning the situation of the moment – except the emotions and the wisdom my dear friend imparted. “Final grades are not given until the education is complete. You have many more years to go. You’re years and years away from a final grade.” At the time it was as though she had given me a drink of sweet water, in the midst of great drought! LIFE GIVING water.
This past week, the Lord showed me something VITALLY important to other Mums in the throes of child rearing. He showed me the final grade that He assigned to the father of all fathers – Abraham! Go to Hebrews 11 with me, if you will.
We call this the Hall of Faith – go ahead, look – you will find Abraham’s name there several times. God even accounted Abraham’s faith to him as righteousness – something we have because of the Blood of our Savior Jesus Christ. If ever there was a man who got an A+ as his final grade, it would be he….
But wait – was it not Abraham who decided that things should be taken into his own hands and did he not father Ishmael?!! Ishmael – the father of virtually every enemy the Jewish people have ever had! Despite numerous failures, how does our Lord grade father Abraham?
Every day that you are in the midst of training up your precious wee ones for the Kingdom, you are in a battle. You may falter, you may even fall down – but if you will persist, seek His face and continue to do things His way, He will grade you the same way He graded Abraham – A+!!
Well done, good and faithful Mama! 🙂 🙂 🙂
(dedicated with love and great appreciation for my Sistah, Mama Jen) 🙂