I recently wrote of family. My wife and I had just been with all of our descendant family. Counting ourselves, all children, spouses and grandchildren, 31 of us had gathered. My wife calls these events “Chinndigs.”
As I wrote in June, we had over 600 years of life experiences represented. 31 people generate another year of experiences every 11 ½ days. There are good and bad times. You don’t experience that much life without some pain.
A real bad experience hit our family just 3 hours before the SOS conference ended. I found a room in the church where the conference was being held and prayed hard.
What happened to our family on that last afternoon of the conference knocked the wind out of us. Laying on the floor praying, I knew I must get back up in front of folks and continue the event. I couldn’t. Then I heard three words; “I got this.”
I got up and went back into the conference. I knew He had this. I couldn’t do anything about it right then.
Then one of our speakers told about a hard time in his life. He told how he had prayed and received the answer of; “I got this.”
Then a close brother found me in the conference. He knew (but I didn’t know he knew). He forced me to stop and look him in the eye. He put a hand on each of my shoulders, looked straight into my eyes and said, “I know what happened. God’s got this.”
Think About it.
Deana and I struck out for Tennessee the next morning. That 1,200 mile 17 hour trip would have been miserable but for a promise; “I got this.”
A friend of our child approached me in Tennessee in tears. She asked, “How do you be a parent and grandparent to family so scattered you can’t be right there for them when something like this happens?”
I told her, “You pray and trust, then act when you must.”
That is true for a police officer, security operator or parent. You call (backup, police or God), then trust who you called. But you act as needed.
Nehemiah 4:9 – We prayed to our God AND posted a guard.”
Call and trust; act if you must.
This one took the support of every family member and friend, but in the end, it is God seeing it through. Just as He said He would.