This week the blog features a parent’s perspective on her daughter’s experience at Blue Mountain Academy.
My prayer life for Blue Mountain Academy has evolved twice. As a parent, my prayers for the academy were centered on my child. The theme of my prayers were for her safety, traveling mercies, her studies, her friends, her choices, her teachers, her walk with the Lord, our relationship, and for the reassurance that I made the right decision to send her hundreds of miles away from home because for four years we would miss out on most of her life’s milestones.
My prayers were heavier on the subject of her walk with God because I was not there to monitor it like most Christians who have their children at home can. My trust in God for this journey was put to the test during her time at BMA. While she was at home, I had a form of faith which was coupled with a self-security because I was involved with her spiritual experiences and dictated what she was exposed to and what she should learn and at what time of her life she should learn it. Blue Mountain Academy stripped that control from me and that shook my foundation as the sole proprietor of her Christian experience. It was a rough transition and I often felt unsure, remorseful and a failure. What this experience revealed was that in my absence I lacked faith and trust someone else could continue my work as a parent and most importantly I lacked faith and trust in God to continue His work in her and keep her mind in my absence. I had a form of faith but could not put it to work.
I am now a staff member here at Blue Mountain Academy and have experienced first-hand just how amazingly well the Lord takes care of our children through the lives and ministry of the staff and students. Being stripped of my security was the best thing that Blue Mountain Academy could have done for me as a parent because through that struggle of letting go, I found a faith and trust in God that is unshakable. My conditional faith had to die in order to bring forth the kind of trust that I have not only in God but in the work and commitment this school has for the spiritual lives of its students.
Martin Luther penned, “Faith is a living and unshakable confidence, a belief in God so assured that a man would die a thousand deaths for its sake.” My kind of faith and trust had died many times for the sake of renewal and reinforcing. God, through Blue Mountain Academy, had allowed both my experience as a parent and now a staff to reinforce my once conditional faith to unshakable.
You can also experience this kind of freedom for uncertainty for the spiritual life of your child. It is to simply let go and allow God to show you His ability to keep them safe in His care. Then you too will experience this amazing kind of unshakeable faith.