The heart of a father

“My son, don’t forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands;” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:1‬

But God meant it for good

Genesis 50:20 “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”

It are those precious moments where you sit with your oldest grandson, able to share parts of the journey we made with God. The great thing of it is, that when they (the grandchildren) get older, the story can become a bit more detailed, all with the purpose of building His honor. I still see his silent, interested eyes with a glimpse of understanding mixed with the questions that are of course there too! In a way a was moved by his silent almost invisible reaction!

My grandchildren are growing up in a safe and secure environment of family, wholeness, completeness and without lack! No lack of love, heart, listening ears and receiving hearts. Parents who are willing to learn and in that way increasing the spiritual atmosphere. Surrounded by the Word and the Worship, they are getting used to the Source of our life! Some years ago we moved to the nation of Sweden, four growing families, as over the period of some years we landed in this tiny insignificant village on the side of this beautiful large lake. Encouraged by friends, we laid an altar on our property, a pile of rocks, gathered by each one of the family, about fifteen stones at that time, just as a proclamation of landing and settling. A kind of memorial stones as in the Old Testament, the Lord suggested it in order to remind ourselves of God’s guidance and also to use it as a teaching moment for the generations to come! Joshua 4:6 Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ 7 then you shall say to them…

So, the other day we (my grandson and me) had such a moment,  and through it I realised again, how great and faithful my God is. How blessed His ways are and how precious and detailed His guidance has been!

…but God meant it for good, in order to bring about…

As I was able to explain a little part of the “you meant evil against me”, the most beautiful thing is that it even makes more sense to them that God can work out the things for the good and even beyond that, …to save many people alive!

When pain is brought into a bigger perspective, life itself start revealing it’s beauty in a godly way and that is the most important purpose of those memorial stones!

Author: Rob van't Wout

Dutch by birth, Sweden by choice, Kingdom by grace

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