It's two weeks until Easter and my grandchildren and I have continued to enjoy our Resurrection Easter Eggs activities. They never seem to get tired of looking for them or helping me retell the story of Jesus Christ from Palm Sunday through the Last Supper, on to the Garden of Gethsemane, then to the Crucifixion, and finally, triumphantly, to His wonderful Resurrection!
It's been a blessing for me to keep retelling it during this season of Lent. What a joy to a grandparents heart to see all these wonderful "seeds" of God's truth being planted into the hearts and minds of my sweet grandchildren. Each time we do it, God seems to shine a spotlight on something for me to emphasize to them. And sometimes, that spotlight comes back to bless me again in a special way.
A few days ago, we were talking about the time Jesus spent all night praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. I explained that He knew His calling and that it wouldn't be pleasant! He did ask God, the Father, to deliver Him from this BUT He also CHOSE to prayerfully surrender, "saying, 'Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.'"
We talked about how important it is to choose God's ways over ours and to surrender our will to Him. At 6 and 7 years old, I realize most of this is over their heads. I also know, from past experience, that it truly is planting seeds that only God can multiply. This is especially true when we are using God's Words with His promises that, "So will My Word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it."
As much as I was blessed that night while talking to them about it, I was doubly blessed a few days later. Recuperating from the flu and dealing with several things I really didn't feel up to handling, I really hit my stress limit. It was one of those moments I just wanted to say, Stop the world and let me off – in Tahiti or Hawaii or a deserted island!"
Immediately those words I taught my grandchildren came to my mind, "not My will, but Yours be done." As crummy as I felt, all I was up to doing was repeating them to myself over and over, several times. After about the tenth time, honest and truly, I started to feel better! It was one of those sweet moments when we get to see God's Words from 2 Corinthians in action, "when I am weak, then I am strong. It definitely wasn't me, other than my choosing to stand (rather wobbly 🙂 ) on His Word.
Those truly are encouraging Bible verses for me. I hope and pray they are also an encouragement for all of you as you deal with all the varied, rewarding, and sometimes frustrating, Sandwich Generation issues from caring for elderly parents to helping with your grandchildren.
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