Lan completed a daunting band camp last week. To say he was thrilled is an understatement. Last week’s practice involved twelve hour days that quite frankly I wasn’t sure he would endure.
However, older brother said Lan managed just fine and didn’t once complain about the scorching temperatures. I guess all those years of karate strengthened his body and God miraculously managed the rest. Lan was probably the only kid disappointed that the rigorous camp did not continue into the next week!
Years ago, camp with a hundred or more students would have been unthinkable. Now, many years later, it’s no big deal.
I think as we pray for the changes we desire that will help our kids succeed, we often feel disappointed because we don’t always see the changes.
Still, just has the calm surface of a lake hides the activity beneath, our loved ones can change mentally and emotional as we are none the wiser. When we don’t see the changes we seek, it doesn’t mean they aren’t taking place. Just as we don’t always “see” God, it doesn’t mean He is not in our midst.
Talents and interests we may be completely unaware of may actually become a catalyst for change. I probably didn’t realize just how much Lan enjoyed music until a few short years ago. Now his musical interest has given him the opportunity to become a participant in something larger than himself and to do so successfully.
Marching band is an enjoyable physical outlet that forces Lan to stay focused on the expectations of good grades and study skills required for his participation. More and more, he is beginning to realize just how capable he is.
I’m not sure if Lan will follow a “traditional” path of high school and then straight to college. Nevertheless, I hope his love for music and art will find him a place where he can not only develop his talents but even get paid for them.
Do I have concerns about his future?
Most certainly I do.
However, I am learning to step out of fear and look forward to whatever God would do with Lan and through him.
Could I have imagined his current success all those years ago when school left us both in tears?
Not even close.
Yet, prayer and faith have opened doors we never would have dared knocked on before.
As God has been faithful in so many things, I must trust Him with our future.
Prayerfully anticipating whatever lies ahead, Lan and I simply march on!
I returned and saw under the sun that—
The race is not to the swift,
Nor the battle to the strong,
Nor bread to the wise,
Nor riches to men of understanding,
Nor favor to men of skill;
But time and chance happen to them all. Ecclesiastes 9:11 NKJV