Raising three young boys, Jonathan, Caleb and Isaac, I have slowly learned that there are three constants. The constant need for activity, the continual back to back birthday parties and how children can consistently get creative when left to their own devices.
It was on a beautiful Saturday morning, we have two birthday parties to go to, and it was going to be a lot of fun and games. I had warned the boys to watch after themselves and each other before we left the house, but I am sure the kids have pretty much forgotten by the time we drove out the driveway.
At the party, there were different games set up for the children to do and they were happy to do that, for a while. Sure enough, the children started to get creative, and props became toys. Someone found a platform trolley and had this idea of taking turns riding in it. Everyone wanted a turn. Several children sat in the trolley while a couple of the older kids pushed the trolley. As it is with rush hour traffic, more and more kids got on, and subsequently, my middle son fell off.
He cried and was in a lot of pain. In between his anguish, he tried his best to explain what happened. He fell off and got ran over by the trolley. He was wearing a new pair of socks that morning, and it took a beating. He couldn’t move his arm, and there were scratches all over his legs. We had a doctor in our midst, but he refused to let the doctor go anywhere near the arm. We were not sure if it was broken.
I was at a lost, and the Holy Spirit gently reminded me that I had wanted to involve my children in prayer, so I asked Caleb if he wanted me to pray. Usually, he would resist, but at that moment, he just wanted the pain to stop. We prayed together for comfort and drove to the hospital for treatment. Thank God, the x-ray came back all good.
After the incident, God showed me that He could do what I could not. Caleb learnt that prayer works and God could work through us. And the boys have stayed away from trolleys ever since.
Proverbs 22:6 (AMP), “Train up a child in the way he should go [teaching him to seek God’s wisdom and will for his abilities and talents], even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Family 2C, Hope Church Willawong