My daughter Elise faced a major struggle this spring.
She wanted to take a couple summer classes to lighten her first fall semester of pre-nursing classes at Weimar College in the U.S. state of California. But she also wanted to participate in a 10-week literature evangelism program. She couldn’t do both.
We had many long talks and prayed a lot together as Elise finished high school classes at Weimar Academy. Elise would lean toward staying for summer school, but then a canvassing recruiter would visit the campus and unpack the longing in her heart to work as a literature evangelist. I encouraged her to praise God as she sought His will.
Finally one evening Elise resubmitted her summer plans to God with this prayer: “Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us of which we know nothing. Those who accept the one principle of making the service of God supreme, will find perplexities vanish, and a plain path before their feet” (The Ministry of Healing, p. 481).
The next day the canvassing leader told Elise that she would be allowed to canvass until she needed to start her summer classes — a rare exception that few students are given.
The look that came over Elise’s face that day will be forever engraved on my heart. It was acknowledgment of God’s provision in a magnificent way. It was excitement to serve. It was delight and wonder that God had done this just for her!
That day the prayers and training of many years came together as I saw my torch of faith being passed to the next generation, my daughter. My faith had become her faith in one magnificent swoop.
I received the greatest gift that a parent could ever want: seeing my precious child walking on wobbly legs of faith in the beginning and then growing more sure, strong, and confident in the Lord as she waited, watched, praised, and prayed. Today Elise is more in love with God and more in awe of His love for her than ever before.
Teri Salvador writes from Weimar, California, where she works as director of student services for Weimar College.
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