Teach Your Children to Trust

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As I drove home from North Carolina on Saturday afternoon and evening, I took the scenic “avoid highways” route. “Avoid highways” is a misnomer; it really means “avoid Interstates,” which is my favorite way to travel.

I enjoyed the beautiful views, the small towns, the numerous little churches, and the curvy roads — well, most of the curvy roads. When I first saw this pretty light behind a hill, I thought it was the sunset.

Then I noticed a bright light behind some trees farther to the left and realized that the sun was setting over there.

Here’s a better view of the sunset.

I think that rainbow-like light in the top two pictures is called a sundog. How beautiful.

A road trip like the ones I took to and from North Carolina last weekend mirror the road trip we take through life. We experience one changing scene after another. Hymn writer Benjamin Schmolck published Mein Jesu, Wie Du Willt around 1704. In 1854 Jane L. Borthwick translated the hymn from German into English. Here is the last verse.

My Jesus, as Thou wilt! All shall be well for me;
Each changing future scene I gladly trust with Thee:
Straight to my home above I travel calmly on,
And sing, in life or death, my Lord, Thy will be done!

Teaching our children that they can trust Jesus with each changing future scene is one of the most important lessons we can teach them.

Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will exult in the Lord,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.
Habakkuk 3:17-19

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