The three past weekends Jordan has been missing in our home! He has been Katy (the town where we moved from last year) bound every weekend. His friends are there still and they are such good wholesome friendships for him that I have no choice but to encourage him to have time there with them. As a mom allowing him to drive three hours alone each way it can stop my heart cold, but letting go is part of my job. All week long he officially works for Kirabo Seeds in the afternoons and then he does a good job for me. He wants to learn about doing missions because it is his life ambition to do mission work! I can only hope he is called to take over the work we do here in Uganda. That’s something only God can ask him to do. Last weekend was a bitter time for him as he helped his best friend Anna Grace and her family pack up their home to move to North Carolina. She leaves tomorrow. Thank goodness for skype, texting, and reasonable airfares. It is a sad time for him. When they painted pumpkins at a friends house last weekend his pumpkin had a sad face. It breaks this mama’s heart to know my children have heart suffering. I can tolerate any type of sores they might have, but when it is their hearts, I can’t cope. We have been the ones to move away all our lives, but to be the one left behind is miserable. I know when I said good bye to Christy, Anna Grace’s mom, I cried my eyes out in the car. I didn’t let her see. It is hard enough to move away without knowing the pain it causes others. I will so miss the contact we were used to with their family, but we have no choice to to embrace God’s plan.
When I asked Anna Grace how she was doing about the move, how she was feeling, she said: “When God called me to go to Uganda the first year with Kirabo Seeds, they knew it was God moving in my heart so they opened the way for me to follow God’s leading. I know that God is leading my dad to a new church in North Carolina, I have to do the same thing for them that they did for me. I have to open the way for my dad to follow God.”
I was floored. That is such a mature response, and one of the reasons I love this girl so much. She told me recently: I am understanding there is so much power in Jesus to work in my life. What I didn’t think I could do, I can do all because I rely upon Jesus. I only wish I had that wisdom at fifteen years old.