Tuesday, July 06, 2010
"What are you doing?" she wanted to know, so we had a discussion on gardens and gardening, but then the conversation changed to include what was happening with my husband.
"It's OK though," I assured her. "There are lots of people praying for him, and God could heal him, and he could be fine. But even if he died, that would still be OK, because he knows where he's going and it's a much better place."
I told her that he had friends in heaven that would be waiting to see him and thank him for helping them get there. I told her about Vern (see Vern and Bruce ) And then I told her about Mary.
I told her how Mary had been mad at God because she thought He was the one who had taken away her mother. She had played the piano in the Baptist church as a favor to her sister but she had always managed to tune out the preaching. When the preacher left they asked Bruce to be the pastor for a while, and the first day Bruce preached Mary listened.
I told my young listener the plan of salvation as Mary had heard. I told how Mary had gone home and talked to God, and then how she knew that she had been forgiven. I also told her about how when Mary was dying with cancer, she was still thrilled to be able to tell us that she was ready to go, and how she believed that God had sent us to that town just for her.
As I spoke to the neighbor girl I was thrilled to realize (and I knew Bruce would be glad to know too) that God was using Bruce's sickness as an opening to plant a seed in the heart of an eleven year old girl. I love gardening of any kind, but nothing beats that kind of planting.
Now, Lord would you send some rain to water that seed?
For more about my young neighbor see Play Time Outside at christiangrandparents.com and Birthday Gift