In 2003 I owned a Weight Control Center. It was a licensed dealership. The Corporate Office made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Because of the location, they wanted my dealership for a corporate training center. So I struck a deal, sold it to them, and began training other licensed dealerships for company.
My former center would continue to be a functioning weight control center, so they interviewed applicants to manage it and thought to promote my current manager, I'll call her Karen, to a corporate position. They wanted my recommendation before doing so.
It would have been a nice promotion both in status and money for Karen. It would have launched a career for her.
She was a talented young woman, in her late twenties. She was a professing Christian but had confided to me that she did not live the life. Even so, we had a comfortable and amiable working relationship. I considered her a friend, and as she often had to run the weight control center alone, I trusted her to do the job.
During the transition from licensed dealership to corporate training center, while going through the files making sure everything was in order for the new manager, it became painfully clear that Karen had not been living up to the trust I had placed in her.
She had been managing my center during a period of violent [dv] abuse in my life. I was being stalked and had been largely in hiding for several months. I relied heavily on Karen to manage every aspect of the Center for me during my absences. Though I made random appearances at the office (usually several times weekly), Karen handled everything, from sales, to counseling clients, and keeping up with client files and daily book-keeping.
The books were in good shape, and new business was coming in regularly (she was very good at selling the programs and counseling clients). But It turned out, she had been using most her free time at my center running her own independent travel agent business and had woefully neglected our client records (and anything else that I might not easily notice or that did not require her immediate attention.)
That was my life lesson in placing too much trust in managers. We are now coming to the part that should comfort the hearts of believing parents.
Corporate was awaiting my advisement as to whether Karen should be promoted or not, and I had been putting off giving my answer. I was aghast at what I had learned about her job performance and had reached a decision to recommend that Corporate terminate her employment rather than promote her, when the Spirit of the Lord interrupted my plans by emphatically commanding me to, "LEAVE HER ALONE! SHE HAS A RIGHTEOUS MOTHER."
Selfish as I am, my first thoughts were for my own children, and I responded as a parent to God's command to, "LEAVE HER ALONE!" My immediate response was, "Lord, my children have a righteous mother too!"
I already knew the Bible promise that the righteous are blessed AND THEIR SEED (their children). But that day, the Spirit of the Lord took that understanding to a whole new level--He spoke directly to my heart and told me that He had Karen in his sights and was dealing with her in his own special way, because of his relationship with her mother.
I know there are limits to our understanding of how God works and the various trials we go through in our lives often cry out for answers that we may never get this side of Heaven. But for good reason, our hope is always in HIM.
Parents do not stop being parents when our children are grown. We still fret and worry over them, just as we did when they were small. Sometimes even more so, because, now, they are no longer under our wing of protection. We never stop praying for for the safety and well-being of our children.
I personally find great comfort in my experience with Karen and the knowledge that God had a wayward child's back because of her mother's faith. I pray God will comfort and strengthen all of our hearts as we, in faith, stand in the gap for our children.