I am reading "The Journeyman" by Elizabeth Yates to my younger children (Though Tyler has now joined us! He could overhear me reading and got hooked!). This is a wonderful book that I highly recommend. It is a coming of age story about a young boy named Jared. Jared has not known much love in his life nor acceptance for his gifts. Everything changes when he becomes an apprentice for a travelling artist. It is with this man that he learns that God has a use for his gifts and he learns to trust God with his future and whatever it brings.
This passage says it all for me:
"It was a night for the stars to bless with light-for Eliza, who through the travail of her body had given a child to the world, and for Jared, who through the travail of his soul was giving a man to the world.
A new life was opening before him, a life without Jennet. At first it seemed huge and bare and lonely, for he had lived with the thought of her for as long as he could remember. But now Jared knew that never again would he feel the whistling wind of fear; never again would he shiver before it. This very night he had reminded Eliza of God's faithfulness; he could trust Him for the years that lay ahead."
This is the lesson I hope I can fully teach my children. Leave room for the will of God. Trust Him to do what is best, even if it is not what you thought. Trust Him for and through your future. I think I was in my 30's before I really began to understand how to trust the Lord fully for my today and tomorrows and not to be given to fear of them. I am sure it is a lesson I keep learning in a deeper way as I walk through life. I hope my children can start the learning of this earlier!