Generation Cedar

Last week, I took our oldest child to the School of Dentistry for an orthodonist appointment. As anyone who has put braces on a child knows, it’s not cheap. And even though we’re paying a reduced rate because it is a school, it is still quite a chunk of money. Last visit they discovered that she needed some minor work done before the braces could be put on…great…another expense.

As I waited in the waiting room, a young student who had done the work came out to greet me. “Hi, Mrs. Crawford. I was wondering if you had any dental insurance?” “No we don’t”, I replied. “I’m not going to charge you for the work I did”, he said. “Wow, thank you so much! I really appreciate that!” He smiled and before he turned to walk away, he said…”I am the oldest of five, I understand.” Apparently through the conversations with my daughter, he discovered that we were expecting our seventh baby. In that moment, the Lord confirmed to me, again, that He will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory. How little our faith when we don’t remember that He owns the cattle on a thousand hills!

We are often met with comments about not being able to afford more children, some directed at us, and sometimes the speaker referring to his own family. Every time I hear children and affordability in the same sentence, I cringe at the insult it must be to the God of the universe. To think that our sovereign Lord would give us the gift of children, the godly seed, His own inheritance, and then just turn His back on us while we starve! I don’t serve a God like that. Praise God for His infinite provisions!

3 Responses

  1. Yes, I agree. We live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, and have one of the highest standards of living. Most of us have more things than we know what to do with. There is obviously no dearth of food here. The excuse that children cost too much to afford is simply a lie or a gross overestimation. I think it may be an excuse to cover up the real reason–that they may have to SHARE more of their wealth. Is this called greed?

  2. Wonderfully put! I LOVE the picture, she is such a doll!

    In our home we are living on less than half the income we lived on 2 years ago. So far we still have running water, lights on and 2 cars in the driveway! :o) We do have to say ‘no’ more often to things we’d like to do and places we’d like to go. But the funniest thing is, I see the character in my children growing.

    Life is not about getting more! Yes, we LIKE having more, but that is not where our heart should be set. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God.

    I am posting the rest of my comment on my blog today!

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