Happy Mother’s Day!
The video I share today may seem unrelated to Mother’s Day, but you’ll see in a few minutes that it IS related.
You can find God’s Truth everywhere when you look for it. I discover wonderful things on YouTube! As I searched for a song I was trying to find, this video popped up in the listing.
I clicked on it, even though it’s totally not related to music. I was curious…
During the first few minutes of watching this video, I thought of this young man’s parents. I knew they must have prayed and grieved like c-r-a-z-y while he wandered away from the faith they instilled in him during his growing years. How they must have questioned God as their son pursued the New Age religion.
How could You allow this?
We did all the right things…why this?
I am so amazed sometimes at the power of God. He reached in and pulled this fellow, Steven Bancarz, out of the pit. I love this story, and I know there are many, many more like it. God is working! We don’t always think so or see it, but He is working things out in His own timing.
And He allows us to participate in what He’s doing – through prayer.
After watching this first video, I was hooked. I subscribed to the YouTube channel of Steven Bancarz and watched several that day. He clearly dove into God’s word after his salvation experience. He speaks God’s truths clearly and with authority because he studies and understands the Lord now.
He mentioned in a later video that he knew his mother prayed fervently while he was wayward. I was high five-ing her and cheering her on while watching that video alone in the Jersey City hotel room two weeks ago.
To you moms who have spent untold hours on your knees petitioning God to bring your child back from the pit, I say a special Happy Mother’s Day to you. God does hear our prayers, and the Lord will always have a tether to your child of God. They may want to temporarily rebel, but your child will return. It takes time, so don’t give up.
I have a personal history with this particular matter. Don’t think I sit here telling you what might sound good without personal experience with it. You don’t know my history because I don’t air my dirty family laundry. But know this: I do understand the pain, the anguish, the betrayal of a child leaving your home, your faith, and your family.
And, you can survive it. You may not feel like you will, but cling to the Lord, and He will see you through. His grace is perfect, and He is perfectly working out your situation.
Start praising the Lord today – for what He is doing while you don’t see it. Because I know He is working it out. He loves you and is faithful to those who are faithful to Him. He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Do you know someone who is experiencing the trauma of a wayward child? Would you like to share this with them? I’d like you to, if you think it would help them.