Submission. I’ve been a work in progress our whole marriage. Well, actually, long before that. This night, I was pressing in hard to my Lord because my flesh was crying out, “There is no way I’m leaving his side.” Yet, I didn’t want to stress this man I loved; I wanted to honor him. It was 9pm, our second night in ICU. Terrell had had a major heart attack. “Lord, show me; show me. I don’t want to go. Do you want me to go?”
At 11pm, a nurse told us Terrell could move out of ICU! Once he was settled, I knew God was answering my other prayer – so I submitted, trusting him and left the hospital.
Getting ready to return to the hospital, I looked out the window to brilliant bold color against a dark sky, announcing the sun would soon rise… and this song pierced my mind’s numbness:
“The sun comes up;
It’s a new day dawning.
It’s time to sing your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes:
Bless the Lord, oh my soul, oh my soul
worship his holy name.
Sing like never before, oh my soul.
I’ll worship your holy name.” (Matt Redman)
Crying, I said, “God, you bring the sun up everyday. You move the planets every day. Healing Terrell’s heart is a small thing for you. Please heal him.”
I want you to go home tonight… We never know what God is up to when we practice submission. Of course, God would carry me through this hard time whether I stayed at the hospital that night or not – but he also had a beautiful gift to share by my going home. As our heavenly Father, he LOVES us toward learning submission…. Just as he wants us to love our children toward learning it as well.
In Video #3, we consider God as LORD and the important role we play as parents to help our children learn about submission.
Truly, it’s a lifelong discipline for all of us, as his beloved children.
I hope you’re enjoying the videos. I pray you’ll consider sharing them.