Towards the end of August, the long-awaited day finally arrived: the day when John left home to study at Kansas State University. Wow–what a whirlwind of activity and emotion that was! Everyone had warned me that leaving that loved one at school clear across the state would not be easy, and I had believed them. Now I know from experience that it is true! Saying goodbye to this great kid that means the world to us was tough, tough, tough–but, oh, the joy that is there too! Seeing him grow up and follow Christ on his own is the purpose of our parenting, and now we are reaping the rewards of that. These kids are not and never have been ours; they belong to the Lord, and it is just great to see God leading them every step each day.
God clearly led John to KSU. So, I have no worries! He is a faithful, loving God who has John’s future perfectly planned, and it is neat to see Him at work. Take, for example, John’s roommate (the boy in the picture with John). This is just one example of many showing God’s guiding hand in miraculous ways. Of course, we have been praying for just the right roommate for John for a long time. Living in the dorms at a state university is never easy, but having the right roommate can make a huge difference. At first, John was just going to take the “luck of the draw” on roommates, but then he decided to watch a discussion board specifically set up for KSU students to find compatible roommates. Within a few days, he saw a posting from a boy who described himself as kind of introverted looking for a roommate who was a Christian. Pretty soon John and this boy were emailing back and forth, and we soon learned that this boy is also a homeschool graduate who was attending KSU as a freshman. He is a Christian and a diligent student–an architecture major. The boys both agreed that this looked like a good direction, so they filled out the paperwork to request each other as roommates.
Fast forward to moving-in day. We had not been in John’s dorm unpacking belongings for very long before we had the privilege of meeting this boy’s parents. His dad asked me if Dan is my husband. Now that kind of took me for a surprise! I asked him if he knew Dan, and he said that he, indeed does. In fact, he is also an ag economist and has worked with Dan on projects and has attended many of the same conferences and such. He said that he had not put together that John was Dan’s son because his son always just referred to him as “John,” never saying the last name. When they saw the name on the door, they recognized the connection right off.
Now, what are the chances of this happening? Of two boys meeting on the internet, both KSU freshmen, both Christians, both homeschool graduates, both serious students–whose fathers have worked together but had nothing to do with their meeting???? Humanly, it is about zero percent. With God, the chances are one hundred percent.
So, while it is difficult not having John at home with us, we are completely at rest knowing that our Father who takes care of every detail is watching over him. Things aren’t always easy, but there is always joy. God is good–all of the time, He is good.
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