I wasn’t sure how he was going to respond to the crowd of people watching him walk the runner to his spot. I wasn’t sure how he was going to behave standing through the ceremony. It’s at these moments when we have to trust that what we have trained them to do will lead their actions.
It was his moment. He stepped on the runner to start his walk, and a loud cheer and applause overtook the room. It was like a well-known, respected, celebrity-status person had entered. In my mind it didn’t make sense on why they were cheering him, but my spirit knew. I immediately teared up.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
It is these moments that sometimes seem insignificant on a larger scale, that sometimes give us a glimpse into God’s plan for their future. God knows who our children are ordained to be. He has knitted their purpose into their DNA before they were ever conceived. While every person doesn’t carry out their purpose, every baby is born with one. This is why life is so precious. God doesn’t make any mistakes.
My son is a leader. People are drawn to him and are often fascinated by his presence. He thinks logically and is very vocal about his thought process. People always remember and ask about him because he leaves a mark wherever he goes. I know that he is called to greatness!
Because of his ordained leadership, he is often attacked and tempted to do the wrong things. I always tell him that it is his job to make good choices because he is a leader. If he makes good choices, then other people will follow; but if he makes bad choices, other people will follow too.
He’s bound to make a lot of mistakes (he is only 5), but as he gets older, he is making better choices. Watching him get such a positive reaction to literally doing nothing but walking into the room gave me much pleasure. It reminded me of How God announced His pleasure with Jesus after getting baptized just for being His son. Jesus hadn’t done any ministry yet. He hadn’t worked for God’s approval. He only showed up as Himself.
I’m happy to say. That the applause and cheering didn’t distract my son’s mission. He walked down the aisle confidently and stood in his position obediently. When it was all over, he walked out side by side with the pastor (who amazingly looked like he could be my son when he grows up). My heart melted as I saw this as a prophetic glimpse into my son’s future. Set apart to do and fulfill the purpose that God has placed inside of him.
I encourage you today to notice the little things. As parents, there is often so much distraction and frustration in guiding our children into moral, God-fearing adults. We can sometimes get caught up in in the negative, while forgetting that they have a purpose that the devil wants to derail them from. Take a step back and evaluate their strengths. See where they are being attacked and fight back. We have to keep praying. We can’t give up or give in to the devil’s process. We must celebrate our children’s progress and praise God that they have been ordained before they were even in our womb.
Father, we thank You for ordaining our children with purpose. Forgive us for agreeing with the devil, and focusing on their weaknesses. We are pleased with our children because they belong to us. We choose from now on to focus on their strengths and battle their weakness with prayer and guidance given by the Holy Spirit. Lord, help us lead them in the right direction. Help us always point them towards You. Help us celebrate their progress and notice the small moments that mark a milestone in their purpose. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!