A few years ago I was walking my usual walk 20 minutes down for a coffee, on a hot day. Halfways down there was sort of a little sitting place where a bench was in the shade under a tree. I decided to sit on the bench for a rest. Then comes this older fella, I would say in his late 60’s, and he sat at the other end of the bench and lit up a cigarette and he began puffing, but because I was sitting downwind from him, I decided I should get up and go and sit between him and the breeze. So he moved over; he was very gentle and polite. And I told him, “Thank you, God bless you,” and I guess that sort of opened up a conversation. This man told me that he lived alone, raising his three sons. Now, his three sons were giving him much difficulty; it sounded like one was making drugs, the other one selling them, and the other guy taking them. And he was quite disturbed with all that, and was wanting to try to correct them and help them out of it. Now this man had never been a religious man all of his life. Although when his kids were little, he had dedicated them to the Lord somewhere in a church in the Prairies. But now as his children were older, they seemed not to be anymore interested in Jesus or any of that, and the Dad was really sad and struggling to find a way to get them out of the drug scene. A wonderful thing though, was not that long before I met with him on the bench in the park, only a year or two ago, he told me that he himself had had an encounter with Jesus! Now this guy was in his late 60’s when he discovered the grace of God. But he was struggling with his own children with the situation they were in. And he was worried, and it was naturally pretty difficult to handle. He was asking me advice but I realized a long time ago that God’s clock is not our clock. And because God is a God of mercy and grace, He will know when and how to touch people. Anyway, I had no real answer for him for what to do with his children, because there was really no answer. Because God’s timing is not our timing. Worry does not get us anywhere; it is simply our faith that we have that we believe God is at work in their lives. There is a scripture, in Proverbs 22:6 that says “Teach a child the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” It sounds like he had done that with his children when they were young, but still the damage, pain and tough reality they were going through were very difficult for him. Anyway, he asked me to pray for him and all this and we did pray together and I tried to encourage him in these things, and not to lose hope, but to remember the scripture and have faith, that in God’s time, he would see miracles and mercy and grace in his family.
We need to remind ourselves when we have children and loved ones who are not doing well, and we have concerns or fears, that us worrying will not help. The Bible says “do not worry” and that “…He gives to His beloved even in their sleep” Psalm 127:2b. We can be at peace, and rest, knowing that God’s time is perfect, even though it is not our timetable! Through all this, we can remember that God is a God of mercy, of grace, and even though your kids don’t remember what they said or promised when little, God has a big computer and records everything. We need to rest assured that He loves us very much and also our children, and our children’s children and the generations down the line! There are no limits to God’s love!
So this day, if you have children and loved ones who don’t seem to be on the right path, as we understand it, remember God has a different view of the whole thing. Because He sees the beginning from the end, and every person is created in His image. We do not limit Him and His ways to our own understanding. His Love is vast. He doesn’t leave anyone behind. He is faithful and will do it.
Enjoy your family, love them as He loves you, because God loves you very, very much!
Today, when Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart, let Him in, and enjoy Him!
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Miracles…. will happen.
Thanks for sharing it!