Tuesday, July 27, 2010

always ready

The morning started out as our summer mornings do. It was a warm morning and we ventured out early, wanting to enjoy a walk before the sun became too intense.

My little one always seems to find herself snuggled in close as I carry her in the ergo. The boys will sometimes ride their bikes and sometimes I'll push a stroller. Today I found myself pulling two little girls in the wagon and I had two little men that were walking with me. There was a flurry of conversation around me.

We talked about all that we were thankful for. We talked about how hot we already were. What we wanted to do today. I was thankful these little ones were there to talk to.

And then the question was asked. It seemed to come out of nowhere. Yet, as I sit here now, I wonder if the question has been pondered for a while.

You see, there is an upcoming trip. A trip filled with much excitement. A trip that will include a plane ride...

Mom, what happens when you are on a plane and it catches on fire?

Oh Lord, help me.

I did not want to just leave the conversation alone.

Oh Lord, be at work here.

Well, my son, that is one reason why we pray. We pray for the pilot. That he would be full of wisdom and alert. We pray that the Lord would protect us and keep us safe. That He would help us get there safely.

But, my son. That is also why we have to make sure that we are always ready to meet Jesus. If the plane was to suddenly catch fire while we were over the ocean, there is probably nothing that could be done. That's why it is so important that we believe in Jesus. That we love Him. That we walk with Him. We don't know when it might be time for us to go to heaven.

Silence. Stillness.

Remember, the story we just read in our wisdom book? The story of the boy who always said he would start walking with Jesus when we got older... What happened? Remember how he was being foolish and he ended up dying before he had a chance to surrender his life?

That's why it is so important for us to always be ready.

Do you understand?

The conversation continued. More questions were asked.

My heart ached... Oh Lord. Speak to their hearts right now. Let your grace fall on them at this moment. To hear You... Let this moment not be wasted.

And Lord, help me to always be ready to speak of You. Help me not to be too tired or too frustrated.

Let Your grace continually fall... let it drop like rain.

My doctrine shall drop like rain, my speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass.
Deuteronomy 32:2


  1. I love how you handled the moments with your children. You turned them into such a teaching time. The holy spirit was certainly alive in that conversation!

  2. What sweet seeds are being planted and being allowed to grow in the Lord's perfect timing. It is so amazing how much they actually pick up on and absorb. Way to be ready in the moment. =0)