Lots of photos are taken in the summer- at the pool, on vacation, at camp, during family get-togethers. These snap-shots may seem simple yet they are forever stored in our souls with eternal ramifications… little spontaneous moments where heaven and earth merge- when love reigns. This past week, my house and my heart has been extra full (and my body and mind extra exhausted!). We’ve had lots of time with grandkids of all ages. I am reminded that these precious snippets of time can’t happen if we don’t take time to be around people we love. Not every second will seem eternal, but the ordinary moments that we sometimes least expect turn into forever memories that help shape our lives.
When You are involved, Lord, little moments become magnificent! Moments like: driving a van load of grandkids home after Vacation Bible School, the kids initiate and delve into a deep discussion on Jesus, heaven, angels and demons while I quietly drive and listen… a team of cousins dig a deep hole in our backyard trying to reach a beach or lava or China (whichever they hit first!)…with the most natural touch, an aunt who can swim way better than I can teaches her niece and nephew how to love the water…my granddaughter finally makes it to 6th grade at Vacation Bible School where I am her teacher, and she gets to hear many testimonies of how You have worked in our family’s life…four grandchildren who have all gone through that 6th grade class and now help lead it plan the annual scavenger hunt without my help…everyone shares memories of the most important men in their lives…hands are held around the table while we all pray together…kids catching fireflies, roly-polies, and worms…sidewalk chalk art covering our front sidewalk welcoming other cousins…sharing popcorn, popsicles and ice cream…braiding each other’s hair and sleeping all over the living room…
In the midst of all those summer moments, forever memories are made, character is developed, family bonds are formed, and we all grow exhausted! Summer is not so structured and there are more chances for spontaneous moments together that deepen relationships. It may get messy, loud, tiring…but these moments are cherished. Things that seem so simple become the stories shared at many family get-togethers for years to come. Father, help me slow down and enjoy these special moments which will never happen again! Thank You for all eternity filled with priceless moments of love- no matter what the season!
“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” Deuteronomy 4:9
“Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.” Proverbs 17:6
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
Father, help me find love in every moment by….