"Whoever drinks of the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. "
--Jesus (John 4: 14)
I am many things to many people, but I am sure that the role in life I take most seriously is the role of Christian mom. If there is one thing in my life I want to get right, it's leading my children to the well containing the water that will satisfy them for a lifetime. I would gladly fail at a hundred other things if it could assure my success in this endeavor. But it cannot.
Because as we all know, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. In the case of my kids, I am left to pray that God would give them a powerful thirst for him. A thirst that I often can't see, and am not meant to see.
Don't get me wrong. My kids love Jesus. They have publicly professed their faith in him by choosing to be baptized. We tried to talk them out of it, but they persisted. We are thrilled that this is the case, but we long to see them know him as their treasure. (I know, I've said it before, and I'm sure I'll say it again!) In all of life, with all its distractions, busy with activities which fuel their passions in both productive and unproductive ways, we want them to know that in the moments when all of that leaves them empty, Christ alone will always satisfy.
This summer, God was kind enough to give me a glimpse of himself at work in Bethany's life. It had nothing to do with me. But it was a beautiful answered prayer. I will tell you all about it soon, but one thing has struck me even more than ever:
You just never know how God will work.