After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them. Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. Luke 2:46-51, NIV
Sometimes the Lord will have you hear things about your children that others have witnessed to give you their perspective on what He’s doing in them. Let me explain…
My daughter spent some time with her godparents a couple of days ago getting a belated birthday gift. When looking for a table to enjoy lunch her godmother asked where my little one wanted to sit. The place was empty so there were many tables to choose from but she spotted a lady sitting alone and asked why they couldn’t sit by her. My girlfriend followed suit and as it turned out the lady a full-time caregiver to her adult daughter with special needs and that was one of her two “pamper me” days a month. She said God used my daughter to bless her that day and that she’d never forget her. I cry now just thinking about that! Now, my sweet girl has always been compassionate with family and other children, but I’ve never seen her demonstrate it with adult strangers. But I got to hear about what He is doing in her and I treasure that in my heart.
My kids took their last swim lesson, for now, just yesterday. My boys’ usual teacher was absent and she sent me a text this morning to apologize for not closing out the session with them. During our exchange she wished them the “best in life” and described them as “go-getters” who “will take this world by storm.” Honestly, I’ve sensed and heard that about them before, but they behave such the opposite around my husband and I 99% of the time that frankly it’s hard to believe. In fact, the last two weeks, I’d started periodically referring to my wonderful young gentlemen as “Overcomer” and “Leader in Righteousness,” to remind them who they are in Christ. But I got to hear about what God is doing in my boys and I treasure that in my heart.
© Vanessa A. Harris and The Legacy of Faith, 2013.