A few years ago, my grandfather passed away, but before he did, he made a trip to Wichita to visit my family.
My Grandpa was 94 years old and living in Sun City, Arizona. My dad flew to Arizona, they hopped in a car, and started the 1000+ mile car-trip to Kansas. My Grandpa’s mind was still incredibly sharp, but his body was wearing down, and a car trip like this displayed tremendous commitment to his desire to hug his great-grandkids.
After spending five days on the road, never driving more than 300 miles in any given day, they arrived in Wichita. The exhaustion and fatigue that would normally be worn from a trip like that wasn’t evident, and instead they were covered with shear love and excitement.
My grandpa smiled, held, and hugged our kids for hours. It was so fun for me to answer all his questions about the kids, and then to sit back and listen as he and my dad shared stories about my dad growing up. Then they gave Liz and I advice on how to live a life honoring to Jesus. Our house was loud and full of energy and the smile never left my grandpa’s face.
As my Grandpa was sitting in our living room, I thought of the verse found in Psalm 103:17, “But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those that fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children…”
The scriptures talk about our ability to pass down a generational blessing to our children and to our children’s children. While I believe my children received that blessing when they were born, what happened that week with my grandpa was a tremendous gift and blessing for me to watch.
As a “younger” at Hope, I continue to recognize the enormous value of having an older generation around to guide us and share wisdom. Most times I feel very inadequate as a husband, dad, and pastor, but having older men come along side of me has been an invaluable resource.
To me this represents the Body of Christ. We all have the ability to seek older men/women for advice and wisdom, and we all can find those younger than us to offer encouragement and guidance.
Psalm 145:3-4 says, “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.”
My grandpa, at age 94, still met with a few men older than him every week. He said he had a lot to learn from those men that had a few years of experience on him. That thought makes me laugh, but I know there’s a wonderful truth in that statement.