Obtaining the Promise (1)
I wouldn’t give anything for my journey with the Lord…it has been the best experience of my life!
"With God, all things are possible."  (Matt 19:26, Mark 10:27, NIV)
Today is July 13, my friend Ben’s birthday. Today he is 13. I’m thirteen too. I just got back to Cincinnati, Ohio. For the last four months, I’ve lived in Tuskegee, Alabama with my grandparents. My dad sent me there with my brother, because I stood up for my brother when my dad wanted to send him away. Being his favorite child, my brother asked me to talk with my dad and try to convince him not to send him away. My brother, Lance, has not been a good boy for some time and my father thinks it’s best to send him away so he won’t get into any more trouble. But Lance doesn’t want to leave home…he doesn’t want to go way down south to live until whenever. And so far, my father has not said anything different. Only that he must go in order to spare his life. Years later, I realize, you never know what God is preparing you for or saving you from.
I don’t’ really understand my father’s decision either. I love my brother and we are very close, so I don’t’ know why he has to go so far away either. So being the good sister that I am who loves her brother, I go and talk with my father about sending my brother to the south. I even give my father a good reason why not to send him away. My father understands that I love my brother. My father also understands that I love him and trusts he will make the best decision for my brother.
So my father asks the question, “Do you love your brother that much?”
I said, “Of course, I do. That’s why I’m in here pleading with you not to send him away.”
My father says, “Okay. Tell your mother to pack your bags; you’re going with your brother.”
Can you spell the word "shocked" s- h- o- c- k- e- d?
Can you see the steam coming out the top of my head?
Can you see my mouth standing open?
Why me, Lord? Why, me?
End of story. No further comments. No further discussion. I’m on my way to the south too! Can I say I am shocked? Can I say I don’t’ know what to say? Instead of saving my brother, I’ve put myself in a bind. What can I do now? I can’t take back my words…and my father is surely not going to take back his words…so I’m on my way to Alabama too…until whenever.
Little did I know, my father was wiser than me? He knew his son better than me. He knew if he did not intercede with his son’s life at that point, the first-born son of his loins, his son would end up dead before him. I later realized, my father made the right decision for his offspring.
What I learned from that experience is that children are not wise. We think we are. We are actually selfish. Wisdom comes from experience. And a child of thirteen or fifteen for that matter has not had enough experience to be wise in their decisions.
Parents are given the responsibility to teach their children. There is no real book that has been written to inform parents on how to teach their children. They have to develop these principles as they go along. There is a reason why God gave children the parents that they have and not the other way around. We as children of God do not always know what is best for us. We are selfish. We want what we want with out a lot of thought to it. We make decisions based on our feelings not knowing that the feeling will change in a blink of an eye.
God knows what is best for us in the long-term view; we want what we want in the short-term view. After the short term is over, we don’t know what to do next. If my brother had stayed in Cincinnati another day, it may have been his last. As is went, my brother did do wrong things in his life and I came to understand, like my father, sometimes its best to send someone away from the trouble just to give them a little more time on the earth.
From the many experiences I have had since the age of 13, I’ve come to understand that obtaining the promises of God is not easy. In fact, they can be very difficult. Your faith will be tried many times before you come to the understanding that God is God all by Himself and he doesn’t need you to be God. I have written this book because God inspired me to do so. I didn’t start out to do it, but God continued to impress upon me to do so.
It has been many years since I started it, but I kept delaying the book. Mainly, because I didn’t think I had something to say to a group of readers that would be looking for something in a book. In fact, as an avid reader, I don’t always know what I’m looking for in a book, but I know if the book doesn’t have it. If it’s a book that I got from the library, I just read the ending chapters and return it to the library. If it is a book that I bought, I read the ending chapters and put the book back on the bookshelf.
When you really think about it, life is like that. You just don’t know what to really expect everyday, yet you wake up expecting something. You plan for the day, but you don’t really know what will happen. And, you don’t really know what the end results will be. However, we go to sleep every night expecting to wake up to something new.
Guess, what? That’s the way God set it up. He doesn’t want you to think you have it all planned out. He doesn’t want you to try to get ahead of Him. He wants you to stay dependent on Him all your life. And when you think about it, that’s good. How can you promise yourself something you are not capable of doing? Well, that’s what this book’s all about, obtaining the promises of God. He really is the only one who can map out your life and keep the promises. So when you read this book, keep in mind, you can obtain the promises of God. Just believe!
How much did you life change during your growing years? Send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org we can talk about it.
 Scripture is taken from The New International Version of the Bible. (NIV) All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, in any form or by any means, without permission in writing from the publisher
Obtaining the Promise Series
Obtaining the Promise (1) Coming Out!
Obtaining the Promise (2) Family
Obtaining the Promise (3) Going South
Obtaining the Promise (4) Friends
Obtaining the Promise (5) Election 2008
Obtaining the Promise (6) A Vessel Designed by God
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