And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children. They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank. Isaiah 44:3,4 NLT
This may sound crazy, but the Holy Spirit sometimes communicates to me by the times I see on a digital clock. Has that happened to you? The times represent Bible verses that he uses to tell me something. Recently, our adult son hit a rough spot, and I have been thinking about him. At the same time, I have repeatedly noticed 4:44 on the clocks in our home. I sensed I was to look in the book of Isaiah, and when I hit Isaiah 44:3,4, I just knew that was what the Holy Spirit was trying to tell me.
It reads, “And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children. They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank.” Wow! What an awesome promise. What especially jumped out was the word “thrive”. God promises that our children will thrive, not just survive. Our God is so good! Then I remembered that he had given that same passage to me before.
I sometimes need to remind myself how much Father God loves our children and grandchildren. And he has a unique and good plan for each of their lives. Of course, just like us, they can mess it up and wander off course. But God is so faithful! He is always there when they ask for help to pull them back on target and protect them.
I am a visual thinker. It helps when God gives me a picture of something that communicates a spiritual reality. One such helpful visualization is when I release my children and grandchildren to Jesus. I literally see my children going to Jesus as I name each one, telling Jesus that I am trusting that child with him, for him to protect and guide. When I do that, the children are so happy to be with Jesus! And Jesus is always smiling and loving on them. It gives me real peace.
If you are like me, and tend to worry about your children or grandchildren, why not try that visualization? Then, the trick is to leave them with Jesus, and trust him to continue his care and protection. Don’t take them back! Jesus does a much better job of it than we could ever hope to do.
Pray with me: Father God, forgive me when I fall into worry and forget to trust you. Lord Jesus, thank you for all you have done for me and my family on the Cross. You love us and only want what is best for us. Please, continue to commission your holy angels to watch over us. Please, protect us from sickness, danger and harm and any retaliation or retribution of the enemy. Hide us under your wings, In the precious name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.”
Dear friend. be blessed with much peace as you trust that whatever and whoever in your family that you entrust to Jesus, he will care for as his own. We are the sheep of his pasture, and he carries his little lambs close to his heart. Receive the peace that comes with living in his arms. Amen.
October 12, 2018