God doesn't need you to take over!
“One day when Isaac was old and turning blind, he called for Esau, his older son, and said, “My son.” “Yes, Father?” Esau replied. “I am an old man now,” Isaac said, “and I don’t know when I may die. Take your bow and a quiver full of arrows, and go out into the open country to hunt some wild game for me. Prepare my favorite dish, and bring it here for me to eat. Then I will pronounce the blessing that belongs to you, my firstborn son, before I die.” But Rebekah overheard what Isaac had said to his son Esau. So when Esau left to hunt for the wild game, she said to her son Jacob, “Listen. I overheard your father say to Esau, ‘Bring me some wild game and prepare me a delicious meal. Then I will bless you in the Lord’s presence before I die.’ Now, my son, listen to me. Do exactly as I tell you. Go out to the flocks, and bring me two fine young goats. I’ll use them to prepare your father’s favorite dish. Then take the food to your father so he can eat it and bless you before he dies.” “But look,” Jacob replied to Rebekah, “my brother, Esau, is a hairy man, and my skin is smooth. What if my father touches me? He’ll see that I’m trying to trick him, and then he’ll curse me instead of blessing me.” But his mother replied, “Then let the curse fall on me, my son! Just do what I tell you. Go out and get the goats for me!”” Genesis 27:1-13 NLT
It looks like maybe Rebekah had favorites?!?!?! But I’m not even going to go there today. A little back story is that God told her while she was still pregnant with Esau and Jacob that the two boys would be rivals. She didn’t even know she was having twins when God told her that. (talk about gender reveal party spoiler! 🙄) God told her that her boys would become two different nations and that the younger one, Jacob, would have a stronger nation than the older sons nation. Jacob was going to be blessed and all his brothers would serve him. So all I can think is that she was just trying to help God out. She saw an opportunity to make something happen for her son that God had said was going to rule and she twisted the outcome! She used deception and lies to get it accomplished. Actually she even did all the work for her son. (can we say helicopter mom? lol….)
But I believe this was not Gods perfect plan. I believe God doesn’t need to use deceit to make His will happen. As a result of Jacob stealing Esau’s blessing, Jacob had to flee the country. He had to work extremely hard for 20 years away from his home town before he was able to go back. Jacob was deceived by his future father in law time and time again. He also lived in fear of what his brother would do if they saw each other. All because Rebekah didn’t let God do what He said He was going to do. All because she stepped in and took over Gods plan.
WE ALL MESS UP! Don’t get me wrong. But the point I’m trying to make is sometimes we have to take a step back and let God do his THANG! It is Hard! Especially because we are moms which means we see our children potential. We can see a good future for them and we’d give anything to make it happen! Even if that means we’ll Never. Ever. Ever. getting to pee or take a shower in peace again! 🤦♀️
God has a plan. God sees their future. And while, yes God choose us to teach, lead, and guide the children He gave us, He honestly doesn’t need our help. He needs our submission. Our Heavenly Father needs us to do our part and leave the unknown to Him. Our part is to nurture, train, pray for and love them! His part is to make a way when there seems to be no way. His part is the miraculous! We don’t have to make it happen. We only need to pray and believe that God will fulfill His promises!
I propose that we check in with God before we make life changing decisions. I think if we pray first and act second concerning our children, all of our lives will work out better in the long run. I think If we take this example in the bible and learn from it our families will benefit. God doesn’t need you to take over His plan. Let God do His THANG!
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