“Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.” Luke 13:18-19
Summertime brings trips, vacations, reunions, fly-ins and all sorts of non-routine activities. Along with the much-needed R and R break from the routine, I find the Lord ordering my steps in it all. In July, my husband and I attended a couple of mini-family gatherings and a pre-50th meet-up of his high school Fraternity.
These events could seem just things to do, places to go and isolated dates on the calendar, but I found a theme running through it. One example is the 50-year meet-up.
This gathering of my husband’s high school chums brought the usual reminiscing and telling tales. You see, this “fraternity” was a late 60’s version of a gang. It was not legal as far as the school was concerned. Most of the activities were questionable at best for this was B.C., before Christ. Several almost did not graduate due to a particular caper I will not go into here.
After high school, the gang went their separate ways for the most part but stayed in touch. Then, David, my husband received Jesus as Lord and Savior. He was the first of the group to do so, and the change was noted among the others.
At one point, shortly after he was saved, David decided to drop by and see the mother of one of two of the boys (twins). During the visit, he told her his testimony. She relayed that to one of the twins, Dennis. He says he was so taken by David’s kindness in visiting his mom and of her witness to the change in David, that a seed was sown in his heart. Some years later, he accepted Christ.
Dennis went on to bible school and he and his wife have served in Hanoi as missionaries for over 25 years. Dennis also led the father of one of the other guys to the Lord, which resulted in Scott, the son, receiving Christ. Four down – six to go….
As we gathered that Sunday, we all marveled that:
1) This group of trouble makers had survived at all given the antics they go up to.
2) A missionary and an ordained minister emerged from the group and the rest are productive members of society.
3) At the way the Lord seeks and saves the lost – the extent to which He will go is amazing.
I was also able to share my advocate role at MAF which opened up even more conversations. Summertime seeds.
Seeds: a kind word, a visit, a card, a phone call, a prayer. How our Lord takes the smallest of actions, a weaves together a story, even a 50-year-long one.
~By Nancy Cullen, Advocate in Wichita, KS