June 13—A Pearl for Today
“For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every FAMILY in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height an depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:14-19).
The lovely Dunes Bible and missionary conference center is located on a pristine beach in Ocean Park, Washington. Don has frequently been the guest speaker at their family camp held over Labor Day weekend.
On one occasion at the Dunes, as we were visiting around the dinner table waiting to pick up our food, I noticed a young man sitting alone at another table. I went over and sat down beside him. We talked and began to get acquainted.
A short time later, our granddaughter Chelsea, then age five, came over and, as emphatically as she could while maintaining a whisper, said, “Grandmother, you are talking to a stranger.” She looked at me reprovingly, waiting for me to correct my mistake and get away from the “dangerous” man. What to say? Her parents had warned her, and rightly so, to stay away from strangers. I told her that he was a nice man and that I wanted to get to know him and be his friend. She looked unconvinced.
Every time I think of that conversation, I am grieved but also angered. In our world today, five year olds must be on guard and aware of people who might have evil intentions toward them. It is not easy to raise children in our society. I pray every day for our grandchildren. I also pray daily for all five of our children and their spouses. My comfort and peace is that the family is God’s plan. Societal mores ebb and flow, but there will always be the family.
Chelsea may never be free to talk to strangers, but she will have a family. And she has a heavenly Father who knows and loves her deeply. Spend some time praying Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14-19 for your earthly family.
Pray, that you and yours may avoid being Satan’s prey.