What a learning experience, having my teenage grandson live with me.
One of the first lessons has been humility, which has grown my empathy for his parents. I confess to having been judgmental and critical. Walking in their shoes has deepened my dependence on the grace and power of God.
“In his distress he sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. And when he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea… Then (he) knew that the Lord is God.” 2 Chronicles 33:12-13.
I reached Medicare age in November and celebrated the life God had given me, content with teaching Bible study to junior high students, mentoring a young mom with special needs children, visiting family and friends, grateful for my retirement life. I had no idea that God had yet another adventure in mind for me.
In early December I received my troubled teenage grandson into my home. Although I feel completely inadequate for this responsibility, I have come to accept that God has ordained it and He will be my strength and stay. So I told my son that I will accept this mission by leaning hard on God so that He can accomplish for my grandson what he needs. And I will depend on the Lord for the love, wisdom, patience, and more love I need to do this work God has planned for me.
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10