Well, I saw my friend again. You know, the one I told you about whose daughter has been called to international missions. As I reread the first blog post I realized I never told you my friend’s name. It’s John. Seems John and I both traveled to our hometown to visit our families over the Christmas holidays. When I learned John was in town I called him and we met at Starbucks for coffee and conversation. After a few minutes of joking, like guys always do, I asked him how he was processing this “daughter as an international missionary thing.” John’s answer blew me away.

He said, “God has really been using Sam’s upcoming service overseas to teach me some tremendous truths in His Word. I mean, He is showing me stuff in His Word that I have known intellectually for years but now, for the first time, I’m being challenged to live them out experientially.”

John continued, “For instance, I can’t tell you how many times I have read, studied and preached from Jeremiah. I took a class on Jeremiah in seminary and have at least six books on Jeremiah in my personal library. I’ve read Jeremiah over and over and over, but as I have been processing Sam serving overseas God gave me a new appreciation for Jeremiah chapter one. You see, as I was reading one morning God reminded me…”

     1. Before I ever laid eyes on Sam, God already knew her and had a plan for her life.
         (Jer. 1:5)
     2. God’s plan is for Sam to use her life to proclaim His message to the nations.
          (Jer. 1:5-17)
     3. As Sam lives out God’s plan for her life, whatever she faces, God will deliver her.
         (Jer. 1:18-19)

John concluded, “Like I said, I’ve read Jeremiah chapter one dozens of times, but with Sam going overseas it has a rich, new meaning for me that puts it all in perspective.”

As I drove back to my parent’s home after my visit with John I remember thinking, “What more can a parent ask for in life than to know: 1) God has a plan for your child’s life and that your child is faithfully and obediently following that plan; 2) God’s plan for your child includes bringing Him honor and glory by sharing His message of redemption with the nations; and 3) As your child lives out God’s plan for his/her life the Lord Himself will “deliver” them?”

As a Christian parent that’s what we pray for, teach for, model for, and live for. My friend John may not realize it, but he is one blessed father. On second thought, somehow I think he already knows!

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