Have you ever been so distracted that you missed something that was right in front of your face? Many times as a young mom I would be so caught up in getting diapers changed and noses wiped and snacks cleaned up that I missed little voices telling me a sweet story. Other times I was wrapped up in finishing chores around the house and I missed special questions or quiet secrets being shared. At different seasons in my life I have been so taken up with my own concerns that I have missed an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the big picture.
A while after my youngest child was born I began to pray that the Lord Jesus would make me always prepared to give a reason for the Hope that I have (1 Peter 3:15). The week I began praying this I was getting ready to travel to Florida to join my husband who was away for a conference. I thought I may have a chance to talk with someone while I was on the plane but God had a better plan. At that point my 7 children were between the ages of 10 months and 13 years. Dinner time is always chaotic, but when my husband is out of town I usually give up on having any semblance of order and leave my children to their own devices. This particular evening after setting dinner on the table and gathering my children, I decided to sit with them to keep them a bit more controlled instead of grabbing a few minutes for myself. Little did I know that I was in for a treat.
My oldest son started the conversation with a comment about the first person to climb Mt. Everest having recently died. We went from there to what it would be like to climb a mountain like that in heaven and then on to other questions about heaven. My children continued to ask me all sorts of questions about being a Christ-follower and our responsibilities since we have been given the truth. For over an hour my 4 oldest children kept up the questions and dialogue. With every question I was more and more surprised that they were still with me. My kids don’t generally want to listen to me for more than a couple minutes at a time. It was like they couldn’t pull themselves away that night.
After they were all in bed I began to reflect on the evening and I remembered my recent prayer about being prepared to share the reason for my Hope. I had wondered whether I would be able to think of answers, if given an opportunity to share. The Lord Jesus showed me that night that it won’t be me thinking of answers, but rather, the Holy Spirit making the answers come to my mouth without me even thinking about it. He just asks me to set down my concerns and agenda and invites me to catch a glimpse of eternity.
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