Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Joy


When you were a child, how many times did you pluck a dandelion, close your eyes, and make a wish?  If you were like me, I'm sure it was a thousand or two times!!  Those seeds were in their prime just waiting to be scattered in the wind...landing where they may!

I can still remember the joy I had watching each little individual seed blowing in the breeze. Hours might pass by as I blew on one after another. One might land near my feet. Another in the yard next door. And others still would be carried farther than my eyes could see.

Seeing those little seeds floating on their merry way would bring such giddiness and joy to this girl's heart. Those seeds would be sown, new dandelions would sprout up, and the cycle would repeat.

Through the years the Lord has given me opportunity to sow other seeds as well. Seeds that will last through to eternity. Raising my girls. Time with students. Teaching ladies.

Getting to see these types of seeds sprout brings an even greater joy. Watching my oldest daughter instill in her three young sons things of eternal value...wow.  Listening to my first grandson give gratitude to the Lord for a beautiful falling snowflake...oh my. Observing my youngest daughter pour her life in to children in an orphanage half way around the globe and then learning just this week that one of the young girls in that orphanage has decided to be a Jesus follower...hmm.  Hearing the news from a girlfriend that she is teaching her friend the things that I taught to her...whew.

I'm not writing all this to pat myself on the back. I'm writing it down as a reminder to myself that my work here is never done.  Now is not the time to sit back and waste time. There are always more seeds to plant...and to water...and to cultivate. Even though I may not physically be able to do the things I used to, there is always someone I can meet with, someone I can pray with, and someone I can pour His love in to.  I have to choose to be intentional.


A tear often slips out of my eye when I ponder the goodness of God that allows me to be a part of Him bringing people to Himself.  He doesn't need us...but He allows us the privilege.

Truly "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth."
‭‭3 John‬ ‭1:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Who are you investing in today?

"and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also."
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬