May 17th, 2013

A time to cast away stones

We recently came across a pile of stones that Lenya had gathered. All of our girls love rocks. They have real toys too — Barbies, Littlest Pet Shop characters, Disney princesses, and animals of every sort imaginable — yet they enjoy playing with rocks as much as anything you can buy at Target. Especially Lenya, she has loved them ever since she was very young. Whenever we go on a walk or a bike ride they love to collect them to be transferred to their purses, or other treasure boxes when we get home.

When winter loosed it’s grip and spring finally brought us back out to our backyard we made a discovery. On a patio table there was a handful of rocks that had been there since last fall. Alivia and Jennie remembered that Lenya had picked them from our yard and had been playing with them on a sunny day. When I heard this I stared at the rocks and could picture her standing there selecting them. I wonder what they were in her imagination. Rubies, sapphires and emeralds? Pirate coins? Dinosaur bones? Why did she pick these out of all others? What was going on in her wonderful little head that day as she whimsically played?

On that table they sat during the cold months waiting to be discovered as a different kind of treasure. A note tucked in a bottle. Once the snow melted there they were. They delivered both cherished memories and a clear message. Time is short. Precious. Fleeting. You never know when it will run out. There is nothing certain about our life on this earth except that it will end. We must savor the moments. Drink in the small things. Strain to find God’s joy in common occurrences as a tiny stone seen with creativity through the eyes of a little child.

Life rushes by and it waits for no one. You will never find time for the most important things, you must choose to make time. If you aren’t careful the tyranny of the urgent will rob your life of true significance. Jesus and people. These are all that will seem weighty in the final analysis. It is tremendously difficult, especially in this crazy, fast-paced world we live in, but you have to fight to be present and focused for what matters most.

I can’t wait to once again enjoy Lenya’s company in Heaven. I groan for it deep in my soul. I am looking forward to spending time with her collecting beautiful rocks on the new earth. Unlike these ones, they will never need to be cast away.

Ecclesiastes 3:4-5 “A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;”

Posted in heaven, Lenya Lion, raw thoughts


  1. Candi Warrington Says:

    Thank you for this. I needed the reminder that we Will see our son again, especially this week. Saturday it will be 11 yes.

  2. Geri jones Says:

    I have always brought stones back from a vacation, the Grand Canyon, Hawaii, Israel and I put them in my garden. They remind me of where I have been, yet you’re right time is so short, I have stones still to gather for eternal glory in heaven, sisters, family members, neighbors where don’t know the love of the savior yet. Help me to gather them in as Jesus gathered the children to him.

  3. melanie blanco Says:


  4. Andrea Says:

    Thank you for sharing!! great words :)

  5. Jacqueline Says:

    So very true. My family has been praying for your family. Thank you for your post!

  6. Judi Handy Says:

    What beautiful, tender words. Thank you for sharing your heart. Blessings, Judi Handy

  7. Chris borszcz Says:

    Levi, beautifully said. The refining fire the Lord allowed is bringing forth much fruit. Precious metals and jewels have resulted , may He continue to bless your family and wrap you in His grace and love! God Bless, my dear friend.

  8. Carrie Says:

    It really does feel like a fight sometimes! Fighting for what matters most. I love that you found a special surprise from Len :-)

  9. Jennifer Lloyd Green Says:

    I remember a Kids Ministry lesson last Fall where the kiddos got to select a stone, I drew a heart on it with a Sharpie marker, and they were to leave it under their pillow to remember that God loves them and watches over them while they sleep. My 4 YEAR OLDS ROCK! class (at Fresh Life) misses Lenya and I love their reminiscence when they talk of her. We love you, Daddy Levi, for your sweet heart and your love for your kiddos. Thank you for leading a ministry where we can communicate God’s care for these kids, even in a simple marker-drawn heart on a rock. There is a time to gather stones, and I am thankful today that God left them there for you to find the Spring. #heartandsoul

  10. Adriana Says:

    Thank you so much for your encouraging words! always praying for you and your family… it is very true, life goes by so quickly- before our eyes.

    cant wait to see you here in Riverside :)

  11. Alberto Sanchez Says:

    Levi the greatest gift we have is showing God no matter what loved ones we lose to Heaven Our Faith in God just increases as we seek his loving embrace knowing that all works to help us become more like Him. To God Be The Glory Always For Eternity.

  12. Beautiful, just beautiful!!!! Thanks for the reminder to savor every moment on this time bound earth.

    Thank you for writing and for sharing your heart. I am still praying for you all.

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