Guess what I'm doing this weekend?
My husband and I are flying to Orlando to meet the moving truck; we are closing the Orlando-bound-chapter-of my sons life. We arrive on Saturday, will hastily pack up his apartment and meet the moving truck which will load-it-all-up and move-it-on-north!
Since it was first decided that he was moving south, we covered him with prayer and began to feel a peace that this was part of God's plan for our son's life. It was a reluctant goodbye, with so many uncertainties and so much at stake, still there were some things I knew for sure. Every step I took after he left for such a long distance from home was supported by my faith, not in well-laid plans or hoped-for outcome, but in the promise of God; the One who loves my prodigal more than me. Just listen:
"My children's hearts devise their ways, but You, LORD, direct their steps." Proverbs 16:9
"You heal my children, the broken in heart, and bind up their wounds." Psalm 147:3
"You keep track of my children's wanderings. You put their tears into Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?" Psalm 56:8
"I am confident of this very thing, that You who have begun a good work [in my son] and will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:6
These are the same verses I rest on as my son has now returned to Minneapolis. His life circumstances are no more certain than when he left for Orlando months ago; still my heart is filled with peace.
"Don't worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to Me. And My peace, which passes all understanding, will keep your heart and mind through Jesus Christ." Philippians 4:6-7
While he continues to struggle with a truckload of difficulty, our son is making progress. Our God, the very One to whom I have surrendered my prodigal, is more than able to do the good work He has begun.
So while I pack my small duffle bag and close up this chapter of my prodigal's journey, my feelings are--honestly--bittersweet. On the one hand, I am saying a good-bye of sorts to a deeply hoped-for-answer to a decades worth of prayer! And with the other hand, fully extended towards heaven, I welcome with great anticipation the revelation of God's redemptive work in the life of my prodigal.
"Is anything too difficult for the Lord?" (Genesis 18:14) No! Nothing!
"You heal my children, the broken in heart, and bind up their wounds" Psalm 147: 3
Guess what I'm doing this weekend??? I think the more interesting question is Guess what God is doing in my life, in your life, in the life of our children! In fact, there's really no guessing about it--His Word is clear! Even when circumstances feel like we are stalling, we are, in fact, moving safely forward, guided by His divine will for our lives.