PSALM 144:12 - Week of July 12th
By Judy NicholsJuly 12, 2015
One of my favorite verses about children is Psalm 144:12. "Let our sons in their youth be like grown-up plants, and our daughters as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace." Grown-up plants are the ones bearing fruit. We planted a half-dozen blueberry bushes last year, and only one of them has any berries on it. Bearing fruit is something that only comes with maturity.
"Corner pillars fashioned as for a palace" speaks to me of strength, beauty because of the work of a carver, and strategic placement to give support. It is surely a blessing to see our children develop strength through their trials and then support others in theirs. I just didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t expect it to be me.
Our daughter has a special needs child. Just recently she wrote a blog post about how the story of Jairus touched her. Jairus came to Jesus because his daughter was on her deathbed. Jesus went with him but was interrupted by the woman with the issue of blood. Resuming the journey, they met one of JairusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ servants coming to tell them the child was dead. One could only imagine the flood of emotions Jairus was feeling at that moment Ã¢â‚¬â€œ helplessness, frustration and anger at the woman who had detained them, grief over the loss of his daughter, disappointment in himself at not having protected her adequately, and who knows what else. But JesusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ word to him was "DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be afraid; only believe." (See Mark 5: 22-43.)
My grandchildÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s issue is not life-threatening by any means, but there is still uncertainty about the future Ã¢â‚¬â€œ if it will be resolved, and how long it will take; how other children will respond to her, how much medical intervention will be needed, how much it will cost, how the enemy of her soul will try to speak lies into her heart and mind. JesusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ words to Jairus became His words to my daughter as she realized that, no matter what we face in life Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and we all have fears about the future Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Jesus is there saying, "DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be afraid; just believe." And JesusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ words to Jairus became His words to me Ã¢â‚¬â€œ through my daughter -- as I face the uncertainties that come with older age. My child became to me a corner pillar; her heart of faith in the midst of her struggles strengthened my own heart in the midst of mine.
I am so grateful to have seen my children not only grow up in the Lord but also lean into trusting Him in the difficult times. It is icing on the cake to now reap the benefits myself.
Ã‚Â© Judy Nichols 2015