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May10

Eloquence Unnecessary

Posted in the mid-morning by Jackina Stark

Another way we can testify is telling our children about the times God has heard us. We have done this over and over in our family, for He has heard us often.

One story we talk about took place when Stacey was not even two and her sister was only a few months old.

Stacey had been throwing up for days because of a stomach virus, and she developed a twist and block between her bowels. It could have killed her if her dad, home on Saturday, hadn’t noticed the slight swelling in her stomach and if she hadn’t had a very astute and observant pediatrician.

We took her to the hospital for a life or death operation. But before they could do the procedure, there were the preliminaries to be taken care of.

A nurse came into the room and asked me if Stacey were potty-trained.

“No,” I gasped. Hello, I thought, she’s not even two!

The nurse explained to me that if she were not, then they would have to catheterize her in order to get a urine sample and to prepare her for surgery. I couldn’t stand that. I knew what catheterization was, and my mind could not conceive of such a tiny child having to have that done.

So with little hope on anyone’s part, I asked them to bring me a potty chair and to leave my baby and me alone for just a little while.

I felt like a baby myself as I knelt on that cold tile floor and unfastened Stacey’s diaper. As I sat beside her and held her on that contraption, I prayed, “Lord, please, unless it’s part of your will that I can’t see or understand (I John 5:15), please don’t let her have to be catheterized on top of everything else.”

So mundane. Such lack of eloquence.

Yet almost instantly I heard the sound that told me my prayer had been answered.

My eyes widened and my mouth dropped open in traditional amazement. And, in that moment, kneeling on that hard, impersonal floor, I was aware that my baby girl and I were in the presence of God. Whatever would happen, that knowledge meant everything.

I have said that he made himself known to a naive young mother that day. In that moment, I remembered his name is “I am.” Those moments come.

Tell your children you can understand why Abram fell on his face before God when the Lord made himself known to him (Gen. 17:1-3). Then they will know every word of the Bible is preserved that we might understand God and the relationship he wants to have with us.

Testimonies can also come in the form of analogies. I’ll tell you about that next week, and then I’ll move on from testifying to trusting!