After three days the officers went throughout the camp, giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.” —Joshua 2:2-4
The anticipation was high. Questions must have swept through the camp. Today was the day they would enter the Promised Land. Today they would step foot into new territory where they had never been before.
Sound familiar? We are all heading into new territory today that we’ve never seen before. Oh sure, some of the things are familiar but this day is an opportunity like no other. And we need guidance, answers, and direction. And sometimes we already know we don’t know what to do. We just haven’t been this way before.
In fact, you might demonstrate your humility to you child by saying something like this, “I’ve never raised a Billy before. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them. I still have to give instructions, correct, and set limits because that’s part of my job but if you have ideas of ways I can do that, then I’d love to hear them.
So, what were the people to do? Keep their eyes on the ark of the covenant. This was God’s presence among them. There is something very peaceful about trust. It’s not easy, but trusting God today to provide the direction, leadership, and answers to the tough questions can free us from feeling like we have to be in control.
Be praying everyday that God would lead you as you enter new territory in your parenting journey. If things aren’t working, maybe the approach you’re using needs to change. After all, parents often do good things, but those good things might not be best or even work with a particular child.
Listen for the Lord’s leadership. Follow him. He will guide you.
Lord, please guide me today. I have some ideas about what I want to do and what I’ll face today but I want to be sensitive to you. Lead me into new territory as I try to reach my child’s heart. Amen.