When I was in college, I worked at a Pier 1 store. It was fun – lots of new and crazy items all the time, laid-back atmosphere, interesting customers. I had varying levels of friendship with my co-workers, but one of my managers…I had a hard time figuring him out. One night, the store was insanely slow…we were literally the only two people in it for almost two hours. I was just preparing myself for a Really Boring Shift when he said, out of the blue: “Why are you always so happy?”
Every so often, I’ll see a book or study on the names of God. Some of these names are quite common to most of us, since they reassure us of God’s promises and strength. Others are less known, since their symbolism doesn’t make as much sense to us today.
These, though, are some of the names that really stand out to me.
One of them, El Roi, is one of them.
Do you ever feel that everywhere you look, all you can see are moms that have it together? Their outfit is put together, they’re not rushing, their kids are well-behaved. They can even remember where they parked their car.
Meanwhile, your coffee’s been sitting on the counter for an hour and a half now, you have no idea where your child put his math book, and choosing to wear anything other than yoga pants results in a chorus of, “Oh, are we going somewhere today?”
Or is that just me? (Somehow, I don’t think it is.)
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” I came across this scripture when I was preparing for a Hebrew lesson the other day…and noticed something I’d never seen before, having only read it in English.
Time after time, I’ve heard teachings about this verse, saying that if you raise your child in a faithful home and educate them about God, even if they rebel as a young adult, they will eventually return to “the way they should go” – that it’s a scriptural promise.