Posts Tagged ‘faith’

One thing I’ve learned in parenting 4 boys is that bedtime is never routine.  We always shoot for routine, but rarely does it turn out that way.  It’s usually marked with an “I don’t want to go to bed” from the youngest to “I’m hungry, I want an apple” to some typical questions in an effort to delay bedtime even further.

Then one night last week, after our prayers and as I was walking out the door, I hear, “Dad, how do we know God is real?” from the top bunk.  Well, that is a question that stopped my progress out the door.  I spun around to quickly respond, “That is a great question.” And the conversation began.

Not too far into the conversation, another question rang out… this time from the bottom bunk… “Dad, am I a Christian?”  Wow… here we go.

Now, this is actually a question that Cole has asked a few times over the past little while and each time I’ve done a little probing to see how He is understanding and responding to the Gospel.  And sometimes, the conversation would move forward a bit and other times, he was ready to move on.  But this time was different.

So we spent the next good little while talking about the Gospel.  I actually had him tell me the Gospel.  He preached it to himself.  He knows the Gospel and already believes the Gospel.  God has clearly been working on His heart for quite some time now. But we had an awesome opportunity to just outwardly confirm what the Holy Spirit had already been doing in His little 7-year old heart.

And so right there in his bed, he didn’t even pray after me – repeating any words, he just prayed on His own, out loud to God, and responded with words to the faith that is in His heart.  And with tears in my eyes, I knelt by his bed, praying with Him and rejoicing that God has adopted another one of my boys into His family.  He has given Cole a new name, a new heart and a new eternal destination.

And how awesome, that as a dad, I’ve had the opportunity to share the Gospel and watch my three oldest boys respond to that Good News right in the very same bedroom!  And while we were rejoicing in the bedroom, we know from God’s Word that all of heaven was rejoicing.

God is good.  He is faithful to seek and to save the lost.  He calls His children to Himself and He changes little hearts.

And it all started with a question.  And you know, it ended with a question too.  I was on my way out the door again when I hear, “Dad, will they build another Titanic?”  To which I responded, “I hope not, the first one didn’t end so well.  But we will have to talk about that another time… it’s time for bed!”

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IMG_2149If you are familiar with the Bible, then I’m sure one of the more familiar stories is Jesus’ encounter with Peter one night out on a lake.  The winds and waves were buffeting the boat the disciples were in and suddenly they see what appears to be a ghost walking towards them on the water.  Jesus speaks up and gives one of his more frequent commands – to all of us as his followers – by saying, “Don’t be afraid.”  Whew.  Not a ghost.

Then Peter, in one of the more brazen moves as a disciple, says “Jesus, tell me to come out to you on the water.”  And Jesus simply says, “Come.”  What an awesome invitation.

And next thing you know, Peter gets up off his seat in the boat, swings a leg over the edge and starts walking to Jesus.  Of course, we know the story goes on to add a bit of terror and sinking to Peter’s story, but Peter did what many of us feel so paralyzed to do and that’s simply to stand up and walk… in faith.

Not to over-spiritualize the moment, but today was an exciting day as Cole was able to stand and walk.  He didn’t have to leave a boat in the middle of a storm, but he did leave behind the safety of his wheelchair.  So he’s gone vertical with the aid of his walker!

Now he is mobile, with his immobilizer and walker… and like Peter’s crazy courage, Cole is filled with the same spirit… much to his mother and I’s dismay at times!  Because now that he is mobile on his own, we just have to be very careful that he doesn’t fall for risk of breaking his femur (since he has holes all the way through in a few places).  And for those of you that know Cole… careful isn’t usually an adjective that lands in the same sentence with his name.

We were also able to take the dressing off and get our first look at the scar, but we’ll save you the pictures on that one!

Needless to say, we appreciate your prayers for his safety and healing.  By God’s good grace, it’s been going far better than we anticipated!  We’ve got a big month of healing ahead still, but he is making progress days by day and for that we are incredibly grateful!

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Walking and Running

Posted: April 23, 2015 in Family Life
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IMG_0208Seems only fitting to move from a post all about patience and waiting to one about walking and running.  Needless to say there are seasons in this life.  Ecclesiastes reminds us that “there is a season for everything.”  And sometimes those seasons overlap and sometimes they fluctuate back and forth.  We have found that to be true even in this season of waiting with Perthes disease.

Cole is in the regrowth phase that will last anywhere from 3-5 years.  The blood has begun to reflow to his femoral head and the bone is regrowing.  In fact, it is growing larger than his other hip, but as of right now, we aren’t too worried about that.  At his check-up this week, we were looking for two important signs of regrowth on the X-ray – a round femoral head and it sitting nicely in the socket (not pushing outward).  Praise God, both of these were true.

We got news that the plate is looking good and while there continues to be inflammation, it isn’t from the plate and the plate isn’t limiting his mobility too much.  It’s doing it’s job and hopefully will continue to for the upcoming year before it is removed.  Yep, still more waiting.

IMG_0206But while we are waiting, we are also walking and running.  Dr. Killian had Cole walk and then run up and down the hallway.  The limp is still pronounced – even with his special shoes.  It is more evident on the walking than the running, but Dr. Killian was encouraged by the running.  So much so that the prescription was “more walking, running and playtime.”  I have a feeling that will be an easy order for Cole to follow.  We sometimes have trouble slowing him down.  But his body does let him know when he has pushed too hard (and those are tough nights).  We are also looking forward to a lot of water therapy this summer (aka: swimming)!

Cole finished up his first ever season of soccer and we turned around and went straight for baseball.  There are tough sporting moments for sure as his disease doesn’t lend itself well for speed, but we are just rejoicing that we are able to play sports.  This time last year, we didn’t know if that would even be a possibility.

So we wait.  As Christ-followers, we are called to “be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) and to “be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7a).  But these seasons of waiting aren’t always seasons of stillness.  We do wait and we are still, but we are also called to walk and to run.  And sometimes that walking or running is with a limp.  Life is most certainly not easy.  But life really does become simply putting one foot in front of the other.  The seasons of waiting are still punctuated by movement – always by the movement of God, but also the movement He invites us in to.

IMG_0207He calls us to take those steps even when we cannot see.  Sometimes we don’t see what that next step will look like or if our footing will be sure.  We know that “we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians  5:7) but we also know that “His word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).  We don’t have to stumble putting one foot in front of the other for God has given His Word to light our path.  We have found great comfort in the promises from His Word on this journey we are on.

So be encouraged today on the journey you are on.  You may find yourself like we do in a time of waiting, but know a time of walking or running may be right around the corner for you.  Don’t fear taking that step of faith.  There is a God who delights in guiding His children.  He’ll never leave or forsake us and He most certainly won’t let us fall.