Lately, it seems like God is lighting a light bulb in front of me. Moments that may have meant nothing in the past are now shining like beacons around me.
Do you ever feel that way? I mean…have you spent your life not seeing those little moments, not really grasping them until years later?
I have. As I look back, I see how something happened, some words were spoken, some little action may not have meant anything, yet….now, I see how they grew something amazing.
Recently, though…those little moments are not so little.
A few weeks ago, we were sitting as a family, reading our nightly devotion (reading through the Bible chronologically)…and we read about Joshua and the day the sun stood still (are you familiar with that?) I have read through Joshua several times and for some reason..that verse never stood out to me. Until, my oldest son (whose name is Joshua) asked about it….and I had to pause and really consider what I was reading.
So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies. Is this event not recorded in [The Book of Jashar]? The sun stayed in the middle of the sky, and it did not set as on a normal day. 14There has never been a day like this one before or since, when the LORD answered such a prayer. Surely the LORD fought for Israel that day! Joshua 10:13-14 (New Living Translation)
It was a great conversation…..that ended with smiles, giggles….and all of our minds wrapping around a day lasting longer than normal…and that ‘the LORD answered such a prayer.”
I have thought of that verse quite often since then…and recently, at the park…God had something special in store.
It was a normal day. The oldest was skateboarding with some friends he has made, I was playing, reading and having fun with my other two, when three people walked past us. They were very kind and loving….and went on for a walk.
A few minutes later, they returned and sat at the other table. We said Hello and I asked how their walk was. It was then…that one of them asked what church we attend. She had a beautiful, soft voice…with an accent, I could not identify. Her hair was short and under a hat, the man at her side appeared to be her husband and the other woman…a relative or friend. There was something special….
As I shared about our church….she started talking…and her voice drew me in. I had to move next to her to hear her words, to truly take in all that she was saying. At first, I could not understand her. It was as if she was still speaking her native language…but, as I drew closer, her words made sense….and I sat in awe and wonder.
She began sharing stories of the Bible. She talked of a day in history that was longer than the rest…. how scientists were baffled due to this discovery…She spoke of the day in Joshua….the day we had just read and discussed as a family. She wove her words into a beautiful picture. It was as though I was sitting with someone who had witnessed the event. She sat there, between her two loved ones….speaking and sharing and loving.
I was amazed at her words, as they seemed to flow out of a river.
She did not stop there. She continued sharing about the History of the written word; how it came to be written in English and how one Bible was saved from fire and traveled the ocean to be one of the first Bibles in our country.
This conversation has not been far from my mind since I left.
This ‘chance’ meeting with these three….one who spoke and two who listened and were part of the meeting….yet did not speak.
When I left, I had a greater understanding of what it would have been like to sit and hear the words, the stories and learn….without the word being in written form.
I wonder who those three….really were and are. I wonder if I will meet them again.
Now, as I sit with my own children, I have new eyes, ears and words to share the truth with them.
God’s word is alive! It is beautiful..It is HIS story, our story…and I want it buried deep…so deep that it flows more easily from me than any other words I have ever or will ever hear…
“But, the parents…must read the Bible to their children” Those were some of the words she shared. I can not give you her accent, the moment….but I pray….perhaps these three will meet you in the park one day….and you will experience a moment that can never truly be explained, but will never be forgotten and will forever increase your love for God and sharing HIS word!
I’m sharing this today at Kids In the Word Wednesday and Good Morning Girls. The children and I are studying their devotions and scriptures from the National Bible Bee – in addition to reading through the Bible Chronologically….