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Josiah's Revelation
by Lygia Lovelace


 

Early Easter morning, I sat down in my favorite chair, with my Bible, and thought about the upcoming day.

 

"What a special day, Father! Thank you for the promise of Easter, and the hope it brings to us! Please…make this special day meaningful to my family…speak to my children this morning, as we worship You…"

 

Do you ever pray for your children on Sunday mornings? What about during the week? Each morning, before I know they'll be having their quiet times, I pray for the Word to speak to them clearly -- encouraging them, convicting them, drawing them closer to the Father. Each Sunday morning before we attend church, I pray for their worship experience -- that God would further write His name upon their hearts.

 

I must pray! I cannot teach them the Way without the Spirit leading the Way! There's no way that I can draw them to God, impress on them the importance of the Word, or deepen their walks with Christ! I am too much of a sinner myself to dare assume that I might have the ability to lead someone else to conviction.

 

That is the Spirit's work. So I must pray.

 

That's why, when Josiah looked up into my face during worship on Easter Sunday morning and asked about the two thieves, I knew God was at work.

 

It has been three years since our little African children have come to live with us. From nearly the moment we held them, the twins, now almost four, have embraced us wholeheartedly. Almost immediately we were "Mommy" and "Daddy" to the girls, without reserve or doubt.

 

It has been different with Josiah.

 

I wish I could know more about his first few years of life, before he came to live with us. Even as a preschooler, he has some memories of life in Africa…memories of hunger, memories of loss.

 

Sometimes he forgets to smile.

 

And sometimes, he steals.

 

At first, when we discovered this was happening, I was devastated. To my shame, I was also indignant. I began muttering to the Lord…

 

"How could this be happening? Why would he steal?

 

After all, we give him everything he needs…YOU give him everything he needs! What are we going to do about this, Father?!

 

He obviously has a BIG problem! This could take a lifetime to fix! I just don't think I have the energy to deal with this!"

 

We tried talking to him, reasoning with him, disciplining him…everything we knew to try.

 

The stealing continued.

 

Then, Easter Sunday morning arrived.

 

As we Lovelace's participated in worship on that bright Sunday morning, a picture appeared on the video screen -- a picture of Jesus, on the cross, with two others.

 

That's when Josiah looked up into my face, and asked about those two thieves.

 

He was pulling on my arm. I was a little annoyed. He began talking to me, but I couldn't hear him. I had to bend down -- to put my ear to his lips -- as he asked,

 

"Those men on both sides of Jesus…are those…the robbers?" Tears of sadness and conviction were in my little son's eyes.

 

I was amazed at Josiah's insight, because, though we had told the Easter story in our home this year, we had not focused on the thieves…

 

…but the Spirit knew what my son needed.

 

I sat down and looked into his eyes. "Yes, those are the robbers…but Josiah! Jesus loved both of them, very much. Do you see that one? He decided to follow Jesus! And he never stole again…"

 

As the music continued, I watched my little boy. His eyes were fixed on Jesus and that one robber, with eyes of sadness, and five-year-old revelation.

 

That was several weeks ago.

 

Has Josiah stopped stealing?

 

No. He still struggles with this sin from time to time.

 

I struggle with sin, too. Do you?

 

But Easter Sunday was significant to me, because it marked, for me, the revelation of a journey. The Father has begun a journey in my son's life. My boy is only five. We have a lifetime of learning yet to go.

 

And God is doing a work in my life, too. I have put on my traveling shoes, as I have decided to accompany the Father on this boy's journey. I 'm glad Josiah has a whole lifetime yet to go -- I want to be there -- teaching him, loving him, encouraging him, praying for him, releasing him…to the Father.

 

Over the years, as God has allowed me to lead women's Bible studies and pray with women, the single most heartbreaking concern among these precious ladies has been the spiritual condition of their own children. Women who walk with God so desire to see their family walking with God! John spoke wisely when he wrote…

 

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. III John 4

 

My intercessory prayer notebook is stuffed full of requests for children -- grown and not yet grown -- who have neglected the Way, strayed from the Way, and rejected the Way. And in my own life, among some of my own children, I have these same personal requests.

 

As I have prayed with these precious ladies, I have seen despair and hopelessness as they express their concerns and prayer requests. I, too, have felt that same despair and hopelessness, and not just with a five-year-old.

 

"I've prayed for years!" one woman remarked. "I just don't understand it! I brought my son to church every week! At one time, it looked like he was going to live for God -- he even took his own family to church for a few months…but…they just stopped going. Now my grandchildren know nothing about the Lord…"

 

"Not one of my three boys walks with God," another woman exclaimed,"nor does my husband! I am all alone in my faith, though we all attended church while our boys were young…"

 

"My daughter wanted to be a missionary when she was a little girl. Now she has a child -- and she's never been married! I fear for her because of the lifestyle she has chosen!" cried another.

 

Oh, my dear ladies, my sweet mothers, never stop praying! Never stop hoping! Remember I Corinthians 13?

 

Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres…

 

Love never fails.

 

Where are your traveling shoes? Are you too weary for the journey? Don't give up! God has chosen you as the mother of these children, and the Godly grandmother of this second generation. It's time to get serious! It's time to teach, by Word and example! It's time to love and encourage! It's time to pray! And it's definitely time to release your precious ones to the Father. He loves them more than you do. He loves them for eternity.

 

Are you seeking the Father? Then the Spirit is at work. You must trust Him.

 

Remember Josiah's revelation.

 

And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness."
Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities,
that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses,
for Christ's sake.
For when I am weak, then I am strong.

II Corinthians 12:9-10




 

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