One of the joys I truly have teaching children is that their parents and grandparents often listen too. And as a people watcher, I’ve got many memories of watching the Holy Spirit putting people in certain scenarios and certain directions to learn. (Including me!)
Like last night at a church kid-friendly festival, it’s amazing how the Lord slows down the stream of time so that people who are simply floating can get anchored more and more. (Including me!)
Float – you could say I have floated but will I admit life has been so MUCH better when I became aware that I should follow the Lord’s Current, both the current flow of life AND the being in, participating in, the current place where His flock gathers. I also continually re-connect that our individual skill sets ARE a GIFT. Yes, ME TOO. I know I should use mine for the Lord, and get such joy making the most of blending my people skills and teaching gift and not minding messy plus knowledge and ‘stick-to-it-tiveness’. And at the same time, realize that the ONLY thing, besides gravity, keeping me, in particular, on this planet IS THE LORD. He has a reason for our reasoning. He makes our ‘stick-to-it-tiveness’ stick. We are blessed to “walk before the Lord in the land of the living”.
Last night I set up a science oobleck station for teaching about our Bible hero Moses. First off, arriving an hour early for set up, I got a little helper perfect for the job, about 8yrs old and she scooped and mixed blue oobleck with joy, learned and even taught her parents when they came by to check on her. And I got to hug my friends and share in another branch of my same one family of believers and those who will be.
So, among the THOUSAND memories in my heart (it’s a blessing to work for the Lord and see the Lord in action), I will tell you one story, of seeing with my own eyes the face of a little boy telling my amazing story-sharer friend and AMAZING co-laborer for Christ, how his Grandma gave him a Bible, but he never got to meet her, she had passed away when he was in mom’s tummy. And he reached back to touch his mom’s tummy. I mean imagine the pure spirit eyes of understanding and sadness of this 5 or 6 year old intensely pouring out this deep sharing story to the caring heart of ears who intensely listened to him. God puts us in position to be HIS EARS. We are to LISTEN to share the burdens of others with a tender heart. This little boy, with mom so close, took time to listen and focus on learning about Moses. My story-telling friend’s sharing prompted him wanting to share what he knew about the Bible – that He had one! It was a special moment of his understanding and he knew his grandma was special. Here’s a grandma-of-the-moment telling a grandchild-of-the-moment about LOVE, with his mom listening, how very much he was loved, especially if his grandma gave him a Bible. We are BLESSED as Christians to share stories of love, of trusting God, where opportunity opens, especially in knowing darkness can’t overcome the Light. We are blessed as teachers to share and reconnect what a grandma would have told their own grandchildren if they could. I had to chime in that he would see his Grandma someday in Heaven, with mom listening, isn’t that the greatest hope – to be in Heaven with our Lord.
This was just one child, but so many children one by one came to our table, many parents too. AND TIME SLOWED… and the Lord’s tarrying allowed me at the end to get 2 smores and a hot dog and a chat of faith around the open campfire. I DON’T take for granted this gift of opportunity for open sharing and open welcoming and FUN in open air. I felt SO BLESSED.
I believe we as floaters, should follow GOD’S CURRENT. There are open doors to open air opportunities that we should walk thru. I read Psalm 116 on the big altar Bible when I stopped into the sanctuary and felt the moment carrying me back outside where others needed to know that if Moses could trust God, we can trust God too. If Moses could work for the Lord, we can too…
I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, in the courts of the house of the Lord.
Amen (and thank you Lord for this smell of campfire still lingering – like memories sweet and savory, I thank You for Your fire.)
Psalm 116, as King David wrote, speaks of deliverance:
I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.
The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me;
I was overcome by distress and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: “Lord, save me!”
The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.
The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
I trusted in the Lord when I said, “I am greatly afflicted”; in my alarm I said, “Everyone is a liar.” What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants. Truly I am your servant, Lord; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains.
I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord.
I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, in the courts of the house of the Lord — in your midst, Jerusalem.
PRAISE THE LORD.