I watched and listened as he took him away from everyone else and disappeared. And as we all finished dinner, I felt their absence and bowed my head and mindfully prayed that God would join them in their conversation.
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Trench Classes United and Kim-Evinda. If you are a parent reading this, you will definitely appreciate the vulnerability of this week’s word and we pray it will encourage you in your journey.
I had just finished cleaning up when my son returned to the kitchen for dinner. I tried to search his face to see if I could determine how the talk with his teenage son had gone. I couldn’t tell. But he was calm and my heart fluttered with happiness.
There is something about watching your child parent on the sidelines that is incredibly revealing.
It wasn’t until the next day when we were on our way to look at a couple properties for me to invest in that I was able to ask him how his talk with his boy had gone.
“It went really well,” he said. I breathed a sigh of relief because I knew my son was struggling with my grandson’s struggles of being a teenager. As the conversation continued, I was able to share a situation that I had to ever so carefully walk through and the words that I shared with one of them involved came as a welcomed but uninvited guest into the conversation: “Could it be that the things he is doing that irritate you remind you of a part of yourself that you have outgrown?”
Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! 😊 😊 😊
It didn’t take my son long at all to exclaim: “Exactly!”
I did share that I still experience that in my life…that when I am unusually irritated with someone, I have to step back and ask myself why…and it doesn’t take long to realize that what I am irritated with is the old self that can still show up in that mirror of life.
I am so thankful to Abba, the greatest Father ever that stepped in and taught me better parenting skills that I am still able to share with my son…now a husband and a daddy too. Watching my son continue to grow up as a grown-up reminds me of this truth that will never ever fail: He who began a good work will be faithful to complete it…until the time of Christ. Philippians 1:6
He’s a good, good Father…always working on our behalf, even when we don’t feel it, see it…we can experience it by trusting it!