These last few weeks have been like a wave of emotions for us.... We got to experience the happiness of going back home and celebrating with friends and family... We experienced separation as we left our kids for the first time for a longer period of time....We experienced excitement as we prepared for the heart of camp.... We experienced true friendship as we have experienced many many car troubles lately.....We experienced overjoyment as we were reunited with the kids, and family.... We experienced frustration as we remembered to juggle priorities.... We experienced sadness as we had to say goodbye to our family....
It's never easy saying goodbye... It leaves a whole in your heart, makes you feel as if you are missing something. However, has Lyv is brokenhearted and I, a mother, try to console her I am reminded of this.....
"As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 18At once they left their nets and followed him.
19When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him."
When Jesus asked his disciples to follow him, they followed him at once... There was... no going away picnic, no selling their stuff, no preparing, planing or organizing, and no saying goodbye. We, on the other hand was given the chance to do all those things when God asked "who should I send?" How fortunate that we are, as well, given the chance to stay in contact with our family!!
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."