I recently reread Psalm 78 and realized that I haven’t talked with my children about what God has done in our family’s lives. We talk about Bible stories, but God is the God of Today, not just Yesterday.
We will not hide them from their children,
but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might,
and the wonders that he has done.
He established a testimony in Jacob
and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers
to teach to their children,
that the next generation might know them,
the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children,
so that they should set their hope in God
and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments;
and that they should not be like their fathers,
a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
whose spirit was not faithful to God. Psalm 78:3-8
So at breakfast (which is still my favorite time to talk about God at our house) this week several times, we’ve gone over our family history. We’ve talked about how God brought mommy and daddy together. We’ve talked about how God led us to California, where we were close to the Pryde cousins. We talked about how God led us to New Mexico, even though we had no idea why or what He had in mind. We talked about daddy’s deployment.
What has been interesting to me is how the military has been a major part of seeing God’s provision in our familiy. Realisticly, some miraculous provisions haven’t been a large part of our family’s story, like financial miracles. Lee has a good job from God, and good health from God, and good character to work from God (that should be a part of our narrative, I know). I’m interested to notice that in every family, there is something part of God’s care to talk about. I’ve felt a little cheated that my kids may not ever know the blessing of seeing God provide physical needs miraculously (like George Muller, et al). We’ve not seen miraculous physical healing in our family. Most of our family are believers and no miraculous conversions appear to be around the corner. But God is bigger than all that. There is plenty to show my children and point out God’s power and strength and mighty works in their lives.
Three cheers for Chiao Chyi, who already has her Wisdom Wednesday post up. Who’s next?