Change can be so hard on children. As much as we can include them on our thought and decision making process and bring them into our prayer time, at the end of the day they’re lives are centred around the choices us as parents make.
We are three sleeps away from loading our Uhaul and beginning our cross-country journey to our new home, new church, new job, new community, new…everything.
Yesterday held some rough moments with my kids.
From an emotion-filled: “Mom the bookshelf looks so sad and empty.”
To an angry: “Mom I never wanted to leave anyway!”
To an uncontrollable breakdown that held few words, only a deep ache.
That cuts a mama to the core.
And I knew this was going to be tough. I made plans to try to read whenever I could, give them hugs and not get frustrated even when I’m exhausted knowing they’d need grace. But you know what? It still caught me off guard how deeply beginning the big pack up affected them.
When we said yes to going to Southwestern Ontario the kids were my number one concern. All those months ago the Lord gave me a promise to believe and hold on to, and I’m pulling it out in full force today.
For I will pour out water to quench your thirst
and to irrigate your parched fields.
And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants,
and my blessing on your children.
They will thrive like watered grass,
like willows on a riverbank.
Some will proudly claim, ‘I belong to the Lord.’
Others will say, ‘I am a descendant of Jacob.’
Some will write the Lord’s name on their hands
and will take the name of Israel as their own.”
Isaiah 44:3-5 NLT
THEY WILL THRIVE LIKE WATERED GRASS!
Oh my heart can rest in that! Our grass is looking greener than I’ve ever seen it in October with all the moisture we’ve had. It is thriving.
The Lord says that’s how my kids are going to do in this transition. Growing tall, strong and vibrant!
I believe this is a special promise that is available to all who are taking a brave yes step.
A brave yes step is an act of obedience to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
It’s not simply doing something you’re scared to do or something you know is hard. If it’s hard but it isn’t God, you’re just going to have double the struggle.
But the Lord is saying to those who are hesitating to answer his prompting and say yes to his invitation to step out: you don’t have to worry about your kids.
In the safety and covering of obedience, they will thrive like watered grass.
These next few days will undoubtedly hold some challenges for our family, but my sights are set beyond this moment. To a land flowing with the promise of God. One that will be exceedingly good and holds immense blessing for my children.
We can trust God. He loves our kids even more than we possibly can. When he says they’re going to thrive, they’re going to thrive!
May God bless your brave yes!