I know the blog has been quiet the last few weeks. I have been soaking up every minute with our son.
I sit here in Washington DC today. Our boy, our first born, is at the Embassy of Japan, for his first day of training, with the JET Program. Tomorrow he flies away – no longer a boy, but a man.
He will teach children and teens, he will live in his own apartment, buy his own groceries and cook his own food, pay his own bills and serve God all on his own.
God worked inside a young boy’s heart. He place dreams there, made plans and opened doors. Tomorrow he flies into his future, a future planned by God Himself. This future that is bigger than teaching English. It is about making friends, loving people and sharing the Good News of Jesus.
My heart swells at the thought.
I look back upon my days as a young mother, holding that precious newborn babe in my arms. The nights of crying and rocking. The days of crawling, then walking.
The nights of cuddling and reading, turning into late night talks with a teen. Packing up a boy for college, to turn around in four years and see him come home a man, with God’s purpose planted deep in his heart.
The many times I have bent my head in prayer over this man child of mine.
Tomorrow I let him go, My hands open up and release and I let him fly into God’s purpose and plan. It’s hard, so very hard on a mama’s heart. Letting go hurts much more than holding on and oh… how I want to hold on. I must bend to God’s plan, not mine.
It will not be an easy journey, he will be challenged, will have days when he stumbles, falls and grows weary. This worries a mama… but God has given me Good News…Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40: 30-31
Japan must hear the Good News of Jesus…It is time to let him fly!