“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”. Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV
Tomorrow we will go to my daughters school to see who her 2nd grade teacher will be. I have gone back and forth on whether I should request the teacher I wanted her to have or not. So many people told me I should do it but something just didn’t feel right. I also heard the sound of a quiet voice saying “Trust Me, Sarah.”
The Lord knows my heart and my daughter’s heart and knows who we would like her to have as a teacher. We have prayed ferverently on the matter (at times I think I may have begged), but I know in my soul that whoever our little E gets this year is who she is meant to have.
Before 1st grade, we drove by her school once a week and prayed for her teacher and classmates. Her teacher turned out to be a perfect fit, just who our E needed. She had a great year and we are so thankful! She made new friends, learned school, life and faith lessons, and we knew, because of our prayers and because of the goodness of our God, that she was exactly where she was supposed to be.
This summer as we have driven by and prayed, I have found peace in knowing God already knows the plans He has for her 2nd grade year. He was faithful last year and I know for certain He will be faithful this year, too. This doesn’t necessarily mean we will get who we have been praying for or that everything will be perfect this year, but it means we will be exactly where He wants us … and that is so comforting!
So we are trusting and believing and praying big and bold. But we are also confident God has His mighty hand on this and our baby girl will be in the class He deems the best for her. I am reminded that as our Heavenly, perfect Father, He truly knows what is best for His children. And in this, and all situations, I am called to not only trust Him but to listen and let Him guide me. Never do I want to take matters into my own hands that are better left with the Lord, and this, for us, was one of those situations.
His thoughts are not our thoughts, His ways are not our ways.
Father God may we let this verse reside deep in our hearts, souls and minds. Sometimes it’s hard to not think we know what’s best for our children but You, oh God, are the one who knows all, sees all and you are good and love our children bigger and more perfectly than we ever could. Guide us as we parent them and make decisions for them. Help us look to You, give you the reins in all areas of our lives and to trust You as a new school year is approaching. Be with the teachers, staff, students and parents all over our city, state and nation. May we all know how deep your love is. In Jesus precious name, amen.
*Please know I do not think it is wrong to request a teacher for your child. I feel God calls us all to do different things with our children and in your case He may be calling you to specify a teacher. In our case, this year, He has called me not to. 🙂