goliath.

As we stand on the precipice of this new thing, this sending the kids off to a new school thing, we are looking for ways to reassure them and ourselves that this is ok.  We can’t physically go with them tomorrow as they step foot into a strange school filled with new people, and my heart aches for that.  If I could go you know I would.  You know it.  But I can’t, so I’m learning once again and a million times a day to remember that these kids are God’s people, were his before they were ours, and he is going with them.  Dan talked with them tonight about the story of David and Goliath.  How David was probably a young boy and small and how Goliath was so big.  And how God only gave David five stones with which to defeat his giant and David was ok with that because he knew that God was with him and that was the only weapon he needed to arm himself with, really.  This first day at the new school is our Goliath.  And we are arming ourselves only with the knowledge that the God of the universe who calls us sons and daughters is accompanying our kids to school.  And we gave them these:
Their own little stones.  They are already in their pockets in their clothes, folded on the step and ready to go. Already getting warmed up in their pockets.  
You just put your hand in your pocket, we told them, and you feel your stone and you remember that your mommy and daddy adore you and are praying for you.  So hard.  And that there in no place in the world you can go that God doesn’t go right with you.  Even to school.  Even on the bus.  You are safe, we told them.  We believe in you and in your ability to do this thing.  This scary thing called first day at a new school.  And when that bus pulls up tomorrow afternoon and you dance off I’ll be there.  Right there.  Clapping my hands like a loon and probably crying because I’ll be so proud and thankful.  So thankful.  
If you think about it, can you pray for us?  For Peter especially who hates new situations and being the center of attention?  And I’ll be praying for all of you.  For every kid who is starting school tomorrow and especially the ones stepping foot into a new school.  For every parent who has to let go and trust that it’ll be ok.  And I’ll be praising God for good friends (you know who you are) who invited us over for brunch this morning to meet some new people and spend time praying for each other’s children by name.  It’s a privilege to do so.
So this is me.  Feeling five hundred emotions all at the same time and at least one of them is making me want to throw up, but when I worry I do it in my own strength and I’m not strong.  So I’m going to take a page from my own proverbial book and wrap my hands around The Rock tonight.
“I will lay down and sleep in peace for you, alone, O God, make me dwell in safety.”
And it’s making me wonder: what Goliath are you off to slay this week?  

9 Replies to “goliath.”

  1. Dan taught them such a valuable lesson last night.
    you can also tell them they have a nana who adores them and has been praying so very hard to them. I'm right there with you and Dixie in my prayer closet.

    love you deep

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  2. Meg – I love your stone idea. What a concrete way to help your kids in a new situation. Praying their first day went well. I'll pray for each day getting better and better, they make new friends, and that their teachers love them immensely!
    My Goliath this week (and will continue to be) is trying to keep my already-present contractions away so I can continue to teach for at least (!) a few more weeks. Before the inevitable bed rest begins. (I'm only 30 weeks, she can't come this early!) Can you add that prayer to your list?
    ~Rebekah

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  3. Hope it went well today! I love your idea and it has me thinking about ways to help my kids. Also, good for you on the book fast. when you finish if you need some happy book recommendations of what you've missed – let me know. Lisa

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  4. Oh Meg, I miss you! I miss seeing that beautiful baby Lucy on your hip and your rosy cheeked smile and your other three adorable kids a who can't seem to ge t enough of you! I do so admire you for being obedient to your Father. He does know best, and good for you to step back and take his direction; his good and perfect direction. I will pray for your whole family as they settle in to a new school and new teachers and new activities and I am thankful that you are not having to be in SF right now.
    Lisa Beidler/ACS mom

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  5. Rebekah,
    I will add that prayer to the list. Praying that Charlotte stay put for a few more weeks and that God just provides for all your needs as you focus on growing your daughter. We can't wait to meet her.

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  6. Lisa B., you're not rid of us yet. I plan on being around as we miss all our ACS friends too much to not be. And that beautiful baby Lucy is no longer content on my hip but toddles around as if she owns the joint and that is worth the price of admission. Nurture your kids well, my friend, and keep an eye out for us stalking you guys from the trees.
    To the other Lisa…always looking for happy book recommendations from a fellow book lover, especially one who now surely believes I have horrible taste in literature. When this fast is over I will redeem myself with some recommendations that will have you singing my praises. Until then, perhaps you should come here and peruse my library and see for yourself that all is not dark:). I promise.

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  7. As the tears roll down my face, I praise God for a son and daughter who are such wonderful, God fearing role models for your kids and the rest of us. One of my very best friends (you know who you are!) gave me a cross one day that fits the contour of my hand. I keep it in my jacket pocket…it is almost worn out. I am touched by Jesus everytime I wrap my hand around my cross and know that He is right by my side. The stones and Goliath are great reminders. Thank you, son (you know who you are). Keep on keeping on…your road is a mountain before you. Dan & Meg, you are doing a super job. Blessings to you from our God and Father.
    Love you, Mom

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