Humbled by My Son
A few months ago our family took a road trip to Nebraska to visit family and friends and a few churches on the way. It was an amazing trip that was punctuated with God's grace and provision. As we set home for Washington on a blistering hot windy day, my wife and I were on a spiritual high. We had an incredible time with family and were so blessed and encouraged by their interest and support of us going to Cambodia!
4 hours into our trip our van lost power and smoke billowed out from the engine compartment and out the back. I immediately knew that it was a transmission issue. We pulled off to the side of the road and I began to assess the situation. We were in the middle of nowhere on a 95 degree day. It was Sunday, specifically Father's Day, and the closest town with a mechanic was 45 minutes away. I remember thinking to myself, what am I going to do now! I am stranded with 4 kids, my wife, no extra money, no transportation, and no clue what I was going to do. I felt helpless...
Panic and frustration washed over me with overwhelming force. I began praying, asking God why He let this happen when I overheard my 8 year old son Jackson assuring Hayley that everything was going to be ok. He began to explain, "God will take care of us and He knows what has happened. Everything will be ok, we (kids) are having fun but we should pray for Daddy. I feel bad for Daddy because he is having a bad day."
Even though my son did not know what I had heard, God used him to remind me of who was in control and convict me of my emotional response and lack of faith. His heavenly perspective in a difficult situation re-calibrated my view and prompted me to seek forgiveness from God for my lack of trust and patience.
As I contemplate the statements that my son verbalized to my wife, I am humbled and grateful that God used an 8 year old to remind me to have a heavenly view of my life no matter the situation or circumstance. I am to keep seeking the things above where Christ is seated.