Fathers and Mothers, think of the many bridges created and passed in and through our vas deferens and wombs. I look at the friendships and relationships that my kids have formed with children of ALL races, colors, and backgrounds and they are good! Outer appearances are not as much factors for them when making friends, as they were when I was a kid. Before you all run down the wrong path in your minds, this is NOT a post about race. It's more about a story from long ago, concerning King David and his son Solomon and how it relates to us today.
David had desires to be the one to build the home for the Ark of the Covenant, but God said, "Naw son, you won't be the one to do this for Me." For God had appointed Solomon, son of the man after God's own heart to be the one to construct the Temple in which God was to reside. Now, I am not going to tell the whole story of David or that of Solomon because anyone who truly wants to know can know if he or she truly wants to know. Knowledge is readily available to us all, but not all of us hunger for it.
If there is a point here, it is this. While we are making babies, we have NO CLUE as to what God, our Lord, may have in store for our offspring! Ultimately, they don't belong to us. They belong to God, just as we do. Many of us fail to submit to our Maker, leaving us to feel that it is our say, as to what our youngans will grow up to be and do. In reality, our jobs as parents is to keep our kids as close to God as possible, while remaining as close to Him as possible, ourselves. It is the only real way to know His will for each and every one of us. It is what it is.
Thinking back to my son, Davyd, and how he is with his friends, I see that his eyes are not the eyes I had at 12. He chooses not, his friends by appearance, stereotype, or the racial traditions of my childhood and those of my parents. He chooses his friend, simply for who they are and I'm grateful and proud to be able to say that my son is a positive bridge into the future of mankind. My daughters are also represent better bridges to a brighter future for us. I thank God for them and pray that He keeps them on the path to goodness and awesomeness, and that they continue to show us ways, better than ours.
I also pray that we, as parents, are able to get over and beyond ourselves enough to do what is best for our kids. We cannot allow them to be stunted by our own stubbornness, ignorance, hate, and lacks of knowledge and education. Better is what every subsequent generation is meant to be. To see our children going no farther than our own front porches, front yards, and neighborhoods is saddening and sickening. Instead of bridges to a better future, some of us are just setting them up to fall into the pits, within which we've decided to be content.
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:6&7-
I'd think that by now, in my life, this scripture would be 1st nature to my heart when my spirit is in turmoil. Thinking back to the times when I've spent days, weeks, and even months in prayer over specific matters, and thinking about the peace that overcomes me when God answers, I should never find myself shaken by circumstances. Yet, guess what? I'm human; fully capable of making mistakes and falling short, and poor vision. The peace of which the above scripture speaks is life stilling. It's like standing in the eye of the hurricane, a.k.a. your life, and clearly seeing the answers you seek. I guess that's why it's called the "eye" of the storm.
In life, it's always hurricane season. Take heed to the scripture above. From time to time, we MUST step out of the storm and into the eye, for refreshment, for strengthening, for guidance, and for clarity. Through prayer and supplication, let your heart, your desires, your questions, your confusion, your sorrow, your anger, your pain, and even your hatred be known to God. For only HE can give you peace that surpasses all human understanding, plain and simple.
Bryan Hollomon Williams