And Away He Goes
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother…Genesis 2:24
This is a post that comes straight from the center of the heart! Saturday I watched Kevin, our oldest son, drive out of the driveway in his Grand Prix headed for Iowa. He’s off on the most exciting adventure of his 20 year old life! He headed to Iowa with an overload of enthusiasm and that made it even harder to swallow my tears as I hugged him goodbye. Even though he has finished two years of college already, Michigan State is less than 50 miles from home so it really wasn’t much of a separation. This time it’s different. Iowa is too far away to come home for supper or to do laundry. I stood on my front porch Saturday with tears runnin like a faucet and wondered; why is it we work and pray so hard as parents to raise independent kids and then hate it so much when they put their independence into practice. I stood there long after he’d driven off down the gravel road and thought of the hundreds of times it had been my mission to make my children happy. I thought of all the backyard baseball, Lego building, “watch me Mom’s” at the pool and readings of Good Night Moon, all done in the name of making Kevin happy. I realized encouraging him to go off on this adventure was the same thing…and this opportunity made him happier than anything he has ever done!
Kevin will be working for a big name cattle breeder. If I know him, he will be in the barn ten plus hours a day working with some of the most beautiful, high power show cattle in the state of Iowa…and he will absolutely love every second of it. He will travel, learn, experience and meet “the big boys” in the business. To him, it just doesn’t get any better than that…at least until it’s his name on the barn door! I’m proud of him and I’ll miss him but it's a terrific opportunity and we couldn’t hold him back. He’ll be home again at Thanksgiving but he warned me that it may only be temporary because he really wanted to check out Iowa State…that’s a thought for another day!
This whole trip to Iowa is just another example of the way God can
completely overwhelm us with blessings when we trust him. Kevin had planned to be a firefighter and paramedic since he was in the second grade but just months before he graduated from High School, he told us he had changed his mind because he couldn’t imagine waking up every morning and not doing the one thing he loved most. I told him to pray on it and if a degree in Agriculture was the path for him, God would bless it…and He has again and again and again! Even though it’s going to be tough to get used to knowing he’s so far away, I know God’s got it all under His loving care.
As my thoughts have been absorbed with our absent son the past couple of days, I can’t help but think about how our Heavenly Father feels when we
stray from Him. When I was thinking about all the time I spent trying to keep Kevin safe and happy I realize it was just a tiny sliver compared to the compassion and concern God slathers me with every day. I remember the occasional resistance and rebellion of our oldest son and the frustration that came with it…hum…pondering that thought makes me recognize my own rebellion and resistance to the will of the Father practically every day. God gives us so many gifts…Kevin is one of the best ones I ever got but I am reminded of my Grandma’s words, “Our job is to love them hard, pray for them harder and do all we can to help them get to heaven because they are really just borrowed gifts that need to be returned.” As August rolls along, I have a hunch I’m not the only parent out there jumpin this hurdle. I suppose it’s a big test of our trust. I’ve never seen the town or the farm where Kevin will work. I’ve never met the family he will be working for and I couldn’t tell him exactly where the church was or what time Sunday Mass would be…but I can trust God to show him and protect him and reveal each and every blessing and challenge this experience has in store for him…and that is enough…that is enough!
A Seed To Plant: Make a list of all the kids you know who are off to college or who are in the Armed Forces and make it a point to pray for them (and their parents) each day.
Blessings on your day!
8/12/2013 12:21:57 am
Hang in there, Sheri...They always come home better than they left....Trust me, and God...he'll be fine...It's us mothers that we need to pray for....Hurts our hearts, but fills us with joy to know we've done a good job....Love you!!
8/12/2013 06:44:48 am
Wow.. You speak for all of us mom's Sheri. Great opportunity for Kevin and the Fink's wish him well in his new endeavor. You make me feel at peace with Paulie heading to Midland for his 3rd year, (which I felt was so far away) not anymore compared to Iowa.
8/12/2013 06:51:30 am
It's tough when they go so far away. Thank God for the one little blessing that he is in a country where he can practice his religion freely. It's not that way in all parts of the world where our P-W graduates are working. It makes them appreciate where they came from. As Dustin told me just last week after visiting an orphanage in Africa..."Mom, I realized that when I was born in Westphalia, that I hit the lottery". Yes, we are blessed. Yes, we must make it a point to pray for those who are away from us. Thank you for another good post.
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