My oldest son recently turned 13. We have officially entered the teen years at our home. Nathan, or Nate the Great as his mother affectionately calls him, is a truly great kid. He’s humble, quiet, respectful, great with his siblings, and really intelligent. He’s the kind of kid every parent would hope for.
Two weeks ago I took him to the beach for his first “man” trip. I scheduled some fun time around bowling, golf, the arcade, and we made sure to eat some great local food. However, our trip was not just about having fun or a good time. I scheduled the trip with purpose. I wanted this trip to be a spiritual journey. I wanted to take a special moment with him and let him know about this incredible journey he is on.
His mom and I bought him a brand new bible for me to give him while away. We both wrote personal notes on the inside for him and I marked my personal verse. The verse that has given me personal direction and comfort the last five years. On Saturday night of our trip, I took him out to the balcony of our room overlooking the shore and the ocean. As we sat there I pointed out the stars and began to share the story of Abraham from Genesis chapter 12. I told him about how God came to Abraham and in similar fashion, pointed out the stars and the shore as an example of how great He was going to make Abraham and his children. I shared with Nathan that God had a GREAT journey laid out for him as well. I shared that life would not always be easy and at times he would have to make some tough decisions but that God would always lead him if he gave Him room too. I shared that he could not depend on our relationship with God, but that he would have to cultivate his own. Then, like the old testament fathers, I laid hands on my oldest son and blessed him. I prayed over him audibly so that he could hear my heart, my hopes, and my concerns.
The reality is, God has a GREAT journey for all of us. Scripture says in Jeremiah that God has a plan for each of us. A plan, not of evil, but of good. A plan to prosper us. It doesn’t mean that there will not be rough patches, or that everything will always go the way we want the too. We know, according to Paul, that ALL things work out for the GOOD of those that love God and are called according to HIS purpose. Perhaps you have never had a “father” lay hands on you and bless you. Perhaps, you have never had someone sit you down and share with you that God has something special for you. Consider this THAT moment. Take heart in knowing that the BEST is yet to come and that God is NOT done with you. This is the journey of a LIFETIME! So go enjoy…….