Launch Out in Faith
“If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done!” (Ecclesiastes 11:4 NIV)
RAMBLINGS from Evan’s dad – I love and adore our kids! Kris and I are in no hurry for them to leave. We enjoy their company and their friends, and find ourselves laughing and smiling the majority of the time when they are around.
The days of college that have just started for Connor are the next natural step for him in his education. To keep him home for our benefit would not have been the best thing for him. Do I miss having him here this morning to proofread this? Sure! But, I also know he will love Liberty, and I believe that’s the next chapter God has planned for his life.
In many ways, Connor heading off to college has been as painful for Evan as it has been for us. Evan has been Connor’s roommate for the past 9 years. Living out in the country, they have also been playmates.
Yesterday, as we said our goodbye’s and turned to leave, Connor stopped us and walked over to his desk. He returned and handed Kris his iPod. He reminded us that we gave it to him inscribed with scripture when he started the 9th grade. It was an inconvenience for Connor to give it up, but he wanted Evan to have it. (Since Evan lost his several months back, he was constantly borrowing Connor’s)
It reminds me of the “passing of the baton” Moses and Joshua had. Both were natural progressions.
God wasn’t surprised that Connor would go to Liberty, just as He was not surprised when the Israelites showed up at the Jordan River to cross it, and found it was a raging flooded river. He knew when He formed the earth and etched the path for that river, the exact moment Joshua would be standing there. When He formed Connor in the womb, He knew the exact moment we would be leaving him at Liberty. Both took steps of faith!
The great news is God will be with us on both sides of the river, and even in it with us as we cross. We just have to be faithful and take that first step!…
And Joshua commanded the officers of the people,“Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess.’” (Joshua 1:10-11)