Monday, July 11, 2011


My daughter Taylor has served as a counselor at our church's middle school camp for two years now. This year she came back from camp a changed person. Taylor was already a believer, but her priorities were not always in line with God's best for her. She went to camp as a counselor and the Wonderful Counselor pulled at her heart. She responded. I have been able to watch the magnificent grace flow. I have even had the blessing of receiving some of the grace as well.

I have been privileged to hear about what God is showing her as she reads His Word and seeks His face. I love that sound of iron sharpening iron. Nothing gets me more excited than talking about the majesty and mercy of God with a fellow believer. That the fellow believer is my daughter only makes it that much more of a celebration.

My prayer has always been that my children would surpass me in faith and relationship with God. Seeing the beginning of that prayer's answer is like watching a butterfly break out of the cocoon. I always knew the necessary elements were there. But, as with the cocoon, a breaking has to occur. And the breaking must be the work of the one on the inside wanting to be free. If I had punctured the cocoon for her, her wings would never be strong enough to fly. It takes pushing on that shell to get the blood to flow into the wings and strengthen them into what they were created to do. All that struggle can be difficult to watch, but when the butterfly emerges. . . . It is worth the wait.

"For I am about to do something new. See, I have 
already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway
through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the 
dry wasteland."
Isaiah 43:19

Thank you Father, for newness of life that comes not only at salvation, but with every day You grant me to breathe. You never let go. You are always at work. You are continually making me and others new.

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