We were sitting on the patio. As the adults were enjoying their Sunday morning gathering in the living room, Ellowynn, Christopher and I were huddled under the umbrella as we took on that week’s lesson on New Creation. It was certainly apropos as Easter was still fresh on our minds.
We talked about caterpillars and their metamorphosis into butterflies. The craft focused on the breathtaking cycle from crawling insect to flying insect. During the talk Christopher turned his head away, distracted by something else. Big sis took her role of guider seriously.
“Stop picking at the chair,” Ellowynn told him.
He looked up and smiled.
When I glanced over, I noticed he was picking at a small piece of paint that had come loose on the arm. As I looked closer, I noticed the chairs were finished in a crackle paint but, along the arms, some of the finish had worn through to gray metal. The Spirit led me to an impromptu teaching moment.
“Hey, look at these chairs. See the paint, it’s crackled to make it look old, but its really new. We talked a minute or two longer when Christopher said something so softly I couldn’t quite make it out. Ellowynn laughed out loud, causing Christopher’s grin to widen more than normal.
“What did he say?”
“He said it was a good Word.”
I laughed, too. But I was deeply touched. Children are sponges and they soak up so much more than we can imagine. Somewhere along the line, Christopher had picked up a significant spiritual concept that many adults never totally grasp. God’s Word is good and it never returns void. Isaiah 55:10-11 tells us:
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
The exchange that morning reminded me, once again, how important it is that we carry ourselves in a manner that brings Glory to God. We never know who is watching, and assessing.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. — Proverbs 22:6.
Now that is a good Word.
Learning with you,