There are some moments in life you can plan and others just take you by surprise.
While my wife was away on a mission trip with Family Legacy in Zambia earlier this month, two of our grandchildren, Noah and McKenzie, spent Saturday night with Poppa. Noah, who is 5 years old and very observant, is also fascinated with rocks (among many other things). He wants to search for them or show me some he’s found just about every time we get together.
After they woke up on Sunday morning, Noah asked, “What’s that rock for?” I thought, “What rock?” as I turned to see what he was talking about. And there, sitting on the dresser, was a rock my dad, their great grandfather, had given our family almost 20 years ago. It was to be a stone of remembrance of a time when God had delivered us from great distress. Now, I was hearing my grandson ask me about something God had obviously planned long before this day.
As I connected the dots, I was deeply moved in my spirit and practically speechless. It was truly one of those moments that seemed timeless – one in which God gives us a glimpse of what He sees.
As he held the rock in his hand, I silently read the verses my father had written on it: “When your children ask, ’What do these stones mean?’ then you shall tell them…the Lord has helped us” (Joshua 4:6-7; 1 Samuel 7:12). So I choked back the tears and said, “Your Papa gave us that rock a long time ago to remind us of how good God is and how He is always there to help us.” They both smiled, nodded their heads in agreement, and said, “Poppa, let’s go get some donuts!”
However small, God planted a seed a faith that morning into the hearts of a 3 and 5-year-old. That day, our loving heavenly Father called forth a testimony of praise from one generation to the next by taking an old rock and making it a living stone.
One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts (Psalm 145:4 NASB).
© 2016 Tim McKenzie
On Every Word Ministries