My Jazmine LOVES community! This girl craves interacting with other people, be it children or adults. She loves meeting new people and will chat them to kingdom come! Because Jaz was an only child for so long, I found myself always looking for people she could engage with. That constant line of thought lead to asking some of her local cousins to attend Vacation Bible School (VBS) with her two years ago. I picked them up and took them all to VBS with us. They thoroughly enjoyed it! I was a bit run down though. It was hard being the adult in charge of three children that I knew and are related to but that I didn’t really know well. I was learning their temperaments, needs, likes, and dislikes in the short trip from their home to our church and back. I had a bit of anxiety about being summoned as the adult responsible for them while we are at VBS because I didn’t know what their expected normal behavior was. They weren’t disobedient but they required a bit more teaching then what I was used to doling out. Suffice it to say, I was glad when that VBS week ended.
That VBS week lead to more fellowship opportunities with them and I became more assured of their listening to me. I took them to VBS the following year as well. We continued to get the cousins together. In fact, we now have a tradition of filling Samaritan’s Purse Shoeboxes together every year! In our times together, I always kept an ear and eye out to see if any Jesus seed sown was coming up. I didn’t see anything. I got discouraged.
I didn’t pick up the cousins much in the last year. Most of that was due to pregnancy and then having baby Grace. I didn’t take them to VBS either. This year, Jazmine attended VBS at another church as a guest of a friend of hers. Our former church had VBS at a different date. Jazmine could have attended but I opted not to take her. I figured she had already done that program at a church with a huge Children’s Ministry so no sense of having her attend the same program done on a smaller scale. But really, I didn’t want to go pick up the cousins again. I figured that “it” (meaning taking them to church and pouring Christ into them) wasn’t working anyway because I hadn’t seen any fruit.
A few months ago, I saw a video posted on Facebook by the cousins’ grandmother. It was a video of those same cousins getting baptized! Their grandmother wrote that they were informed Thursday evening that the cousins were going to be baptized. She said the kids quietly wake up every Sunday morning to catch the Church Bus and go to church on their own. I was, and still am, TOTALLY amazed at God! When I saw the post, it was as if God whispered in my ear “you had a hand in this”. I feel deeply honored then immensely sad.
I dropped my hand from the plow. I didn’t sow into those children this year like I could have. I deliberately decided not to do VBS because of what it would cost me (time) and that I could not see any “results”. Well, now the sowed seeds are up and the harvest is bountiful and all I can think of is I wish I had sown more.