Charlyne Cares for Kids

Are you standing for the restoration of your marriage? A daily devotional that will offer encouragement from God’s Word as you stand for the restoration of your marriage.

Mending Fences

“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.” James 3:17-18 (NLT)

Ethan watched the weather forecast with the Severe Thunderstorm Warning. He stepped outside and saw the black clouds to the south and noticed that the winds had increased substantially. It wouldn’t be long before it would be right over them.

Mom had been worried about the very old wooden fence that surrounded their yard. She had been trying to find somebody to help her replace or at least mend it but hadn’t found anyone yet. Ethan had done his best to reinforce the latch and prop up some of the boards. But he was pretty sure that fence wouldn’t make it through the 75 mile per hour winds that were forecast.

Soon the storm was upon them and the old fence swayed and bowed. For a while, he thought that it might be okay. But he heard a snap and watched as a couple of panels collapsed into the yard. He knew he wouldn’t be able to help mom fix it on his own. And they would have to chain their dog so he didn’t get out.

The storm didn’t last long and Ethan even spotted a rainbow peeking out from the clouds as the sun emerged. As he was enjoying the rainbow, he heard a truck in the driveway. It was Dad. He had come to check on them after the storm. Lately he had had been stopping by more often, checking on them, doing little things around the house that they couldn’t accomplish on their own. Both Mom and Ethan were grateful. And his dad seemed to like doing things for them again.

Dad came out into the back yard as Ethan was trying to move one of the fence panels. He walked over to help him get them propped up again. “Looks like we need to do some fence mending,” Dad said. As he went to the truck to get his toolbox, Ethan couldn’t help but smile. Yes, fence-mending was what was needed. Not only on their property, but also in their hearts.

And little by little, the fence-mending had touched all of them. Dad spent more time with Ethan and even with Mom. He was showing real care and concern for this family once again. Long-standing hurts were being healed and kind words were being spoken. Ethan knew they were baby steps, but at least they were steps. Both he and his mom had been praying for Jesus to soften Dad’s heart, to touch and change him. They had prayed for his salvation and his return to the Lord and to his family. Those prayers were slowly being answered.

Ethan sent up a quick prayer of thanksgiving to God. There was a time when he had wanted to give up on the prayers. But both his mom and Jesus had nudged him to persevere. Mom had told him, “God is worth waiting for.”

As you pray for your family, be alert to the little signs of fence-mending that might be happening. And be thankful for them. It may take some time, and there may be some steps backwards, but it is worth waiting for.

 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:13-14

God bless

A Stander in Nebraska

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