“Children, Go where I send thee! How shall I send thee?”
Remember this song? I’m not sure it ever left me. As soon as I was old enough, I helped my parents in the Sunday school, then taught 4 and 5 year old’s as a teenager. Now I’m a parent, and this song is on just about every children’s Bible song CD and in every children’s church classroom. Today, this song is front and center in my mind, playing over and over. You see, we’re moving.
“Mommy? When are we going to move from this house?”
This is how the conversation started with my five year old one day in late September.
“We’ll move when God tells us to move.” “OK.” I thought that was that. I thought the answer satisfied him. And I was glad. I don’t like moving. No. I loathe moving. Some rather unpleasant experiences have left me with intensely negative emotions around moving. Besides, this is the city where I had always wanted to live. Where I wanted to put down roots. Where I wanted to be involved with the schools, the government, everything. The next time we move, it had better be out of rentals and into our own home. Here. In my city. Little did I know…..
“Mommy? When is God going to tell us to move from this house?” This is how the next morning started. “I don’t know, Sweetie. But when He tells us to move, that’s when we’ll move.”
She said it! Cue the ringing phone!
It’s DaddyFoster telling me they’re moving operations to Wisconsin. Oh. Unemployment? “They’ve offered me a job, a transfer.” What?!?
“Children, go where I send thee.”
It is truly a song about living out our faith.
Wherever we are, wherever we land, is where the Lord has sent us. You may not be traveling to foreign lands, feeding starving orphans, or sharing the truth with lost tribes. Those people need God, yes, but so do the people where you are. Do you work in an office? Let your light shine! Do your children bring their friends home? Let your light shine! Do you work with your hands in construction or mechanics? Let your light shine! What do you do? Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!
“How shall I send thee?”
And about going where He sends us.
Even when it’s a little scary. (We don’t have a landing pad yet.) Even when there is a giant looming before us. (A five day trip with five boys ages 5 to 16?) Even when it means transplanting your family of seven 2,000 miles away from extended family and friends. (We must get that Skype account).
Pray with our family, as DaddyFoster leaves a month before us, and I am here with the boys; as he looks for a home for us there; as the children (and us) have worries and second thoughts; as the moving company packs and transports our “stuff”; as we get to know our new home; as we go where He sends us.