“It is always sad when someone leaves home, unless they are simply going around the corner and will return in a few minutes with ice-cream sandwiches.”
― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish
Our time in North Carolina is drawing to a close. We don’t yet know when we will move, but we know it will be soon.
About two years ago my husband and I began to feel that our work here was done. We weren’t sure why, but it felt like God was calling us to move on.
Then the dreams and visions began. God was definitely calling us to take the Word to another people.
Then, last year our parents started having some fairly major health issues. Were we supposed to go home? Honoring our parents and being there to help them seemed the right thing to do.
And we waited.
The dreams continued and messages from other people confirmed our belief. The “other people” are in West Virginia.
So now we return home, but we also leave home.
This church is our family. We have watched them change from a hurting, aching, suspicious group of people to a mature, loving, forgiving family. We love them, and they love us.
Leaving is hard.
But these past many months have been spent on our knees requesting the right person(s) to follow us. Not to fill our shoes, but to walk beside these people we love.
Someday, God will call someone else to continue the work you have started. It may be a ministry or a job. Perhaps he will ask you to leave a friend in the hands of another. He will absolutely ask you to give up your children.
Are you prepared to let someone else take your place?
Are you praying for them even now?
6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused it to grow. 7 So neither the one who plants counts for anything, nor the one who waters, but God who causes the growth. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters work as one, but each will receive his reward according to his work. 9 We are coworkers belonging to God. You are God’s field, God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master-builder I laid a foundation, but someone else builds on it. 1 Corinthians 3:6-10 NET