What is your vision for your future? We have all been asked this question at one time or another. The most common form seems to be; “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I ask myself this question all the time and the few times that I don’t, there are plenty of other people who ask it for me.
Like any young, single girl, I want to get married and have children. So, how do I prepare for my future? What do I do in the meantime? After several years (because I am a slow learner), I realized that my plan/ vision doesn’t matter. It is His plan and vision that does.
One day I was doing a Bible study and I read Luke 18:16. It says: “But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.””
“Permit the children to come to me” kept resounding through my head penetrating into my soul. I had been a music teacher for four or five years and had recently started teaching the children at my fellowship Hebraic presentation dances. I love teaching children under the age of twelve the best; and I have a whole bookshelf filled with books on how to teach children, including special needs.
However, when I read that verse for what seemed like the first time, it struck a chord with me. As I was praying about this verse, I felt like this was my “life verse” or why I am here, so to speak. I am to teach children to worship the Father.
I know that ultimately my future holds wife and motherhood. So, continuing to prepare to be a better cook and seamstress and such are all things I need to pursue. However, learning to teach children, studying to become better at it and preparing to teach for the rest of my life should be my primary focus.
I love nothing better than holding a baby! But what happens when the baby becomes a toddler? What about a young child? A teenager? Most of us can handle little ones and everyone loves babies but what if we aren’t prepared to teach them? Yes, they can learn through example but what about school subjects such as reading? How can they read Scripture for themselves if you can’t teach them to read? How can they learn to be critical thinkers, so as not to be easily lead astray, if you can’t teach them that? What if you have a deaf or blind child? How will you teach him to follow the Father if he can’t hear or see you? Preparing for the future means so much more than learning to keep house and become a great cook!
For me, my vision for the future is becoming a mother of many sons (some girls would be great too!). However, I need to prepare myself now by studying Scripture and applying it to my life as well as learning to educate children so that I may raise a Godly generation. Proverbs 22:6 says: “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
By educating/training a child in the “way he should go” we are permitting and not hindering the children to find/follow/walk with the Father. Learning and studying different ways to teach, spending time trying to teach children and constant personal Bible study is the most important part of preparing for the future, in my opinion.
You can learn to can, quilt, sew and all of those wonderful things but, if you cannot teach a child you cannot raise up a Godly generation. Preparing to fulfill the calling of motherhood, I believe, is the best preparation for the future anyone can do.
I want my children to be called servants of Yah and be like Hannah’s sons in the Hanukkah story, serving the Father even if it means death. My preparation for the future is seeking out how to become the best teacher I can, so that I can “permit” and “not hinder” my children in following the Father.
Shalom (Peace) and Berakhah (Blessings) to your homes.