I was raised in a pastor’s home. That makes me a PK, a Pastor’s Kid. Some people say that Pastors’ kids are the worst kids they know. In some cases, I would agree with that, but in my case I have to disagree. I was a pretty good kid, wanting to please my parents. But even then, I have always felt like God has kept me on a very short leash. Even when I WANTED to do something bad, I never got away with it. I got caught every time!!
For that reason, to this day I am a terrible liar. Wait, I mean I am terrible AT lying. Even if I try to tell a lie, people can see through me every time. This means that I cannot for the life of me keep a secret from my husband. He just looks me in the eye, asks me a direct question, then laughs at my NON-poker face. George Washington has nothing on me! “I cannot tell a lie.”
So it kind of bothered me when I was younger that I didn’t have some fantastic testimony of being saved out of some horrible, rebellious way of life. As a matter of fact, my testimony is kind of dull, in comparison to others. But one year I went to a camp for pastors’ kids and my perspective changed.
At the camp, other PKs were giving their testimonies about how they had gone through some kind of rebellious period and how God brought them back. I was having testimony-envy until an older girl took the microphone. Very simply put, she said, “I have never had a time of rebelling against my parents or God. I have loved the Lord ever since I was a little girl. My testimony is the evidence of God’s power to KEEP me.” And my world was shaken!
God has kept me. He has carefully watched over me ever since I was a baby. He has guarded me from bad company. He didn’t let me run wild. He has hedged me in to keep me on the path that He chose for me. Yes, my choices have been more limited, but my heart has not grown hard through sampling the “delights” of the world. Like a precious and valuable exotic flower, I have been kept in God’s greenhouse, sheltered from the frost and wind. I have been kept. How awesome is that!
In God’s power, I can brag. I am not the only one who has been kept by God. Think of David, Joseph, Moses, Samuel, Mary, Timothy who were all kept from a young age. God is powerful and able to preserve you from evil.
“From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.” Psalm 22:10
“For you have been my hope, O Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth… Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come.” Psalm 71:5, 17-18