Note: In my year absence of blogging, I wrote this last year when my youngest went off to college. Since this weekend was the anniversary of that event (he is now a Sophomore!), I figured it was a good story for retelling. Enjoy!

“…You and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses…. 5 No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you”. Joshua 1:2-3, 5

These are the words the Lord said to Joshua as they were about to enter the Promised Land. Their leader had died and now the reigns were being transitioned to a new leader, with instructions regarding the transition and promises for a new future in the land flowing with milk and honey. These were also the words that the Campus Pastor at Huntington University read to us when we were sitting at the Dedication Ceremony on Kyle’s first college orientation day in Huntington, Indiana. He made comparisons to our situation that day to the situation the Israelites encountered. I will try to recap those similarities.

The Israelites were heading into new territory and would encounter many unknowns: Who are the people they will meet? How will they find food? Where will they live? Will they go to war over the land? Will their God be accepted by the locals? Finally, they were getting to a destination that they have looked forward to for over 40 years that they had heard from their relatives who toiled in Egypt and then wandered the desert for years. Like the Israelites, we are both heading into a new territory: Kyle is going to school in Indiana, three states away and we are now encountering an empty nest. Kyle will also have many new challenges that he will have to navigate without our assistance. Will he like his classes, professors and the school, in general? Who will he meet and become his friendship base? Will he get a roommate (since his roommate didn’t show up to orientation)? If he does get a roommate, will he like him and will they get along? Will the financial aid come through? How will he get back and forth to Indiana? In addition to these questions, it is an exciting time for Kyle. He is also entering territory that he has looked forward to since he decided to go to Huntington University.

The one verse, as a mother, that I find comfort in the Lord’s words to Joshua is this: “I will never leave you nor forsake you”. Just as the Lord was with Joshua and the Israelites, so He will be with Kyle. I can rest in the comfort that my Lord is watching over Kyle, even if he is three states away! He will also be with us as we transition to having an empty nest.

Be comforted my friend…in whatever situation you are in, GOD is with you and HE will NEVER leave you nor forsake you!!

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