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Mar '13

The Constant Through the ‘I Don’t Know’

We moved to The Netherlands in July 2005.  At that time, Grace was only 3 years old.  The way that our mission works is for us to go and raise funds to go back after a few years.  We were planning on going back in the summer of 2008.  We noticed some changes in Grace and asked her if she had any questions about the move.  She said that she did.  Here are her questions and our answers:

1. Question: Where will we live in America? Answer: I don’t know. (We had to find an apartment that was close to family to rent for the year, and we started looking when we got there.

2. Question: Where will I go to school in America? Answer: I don’t know. (We had to explain that in America, where you go to school is determined on where you live, and we would know when we found a place to live.)

3. Question: Where will we live when we come back to The Netherlands? Answer: I don’t know. (At that time, our landlord had our house for sale, and we didn’t know where we would live when we came back.)

4. Question: Where will I go to school when we come back to The Netherlands? Answer: I know this one! (We told Grace that she would go to the same school even if we moved.  We wouldn’t move so far away that she would have to change schools.)

It was funny that even with so many ‘I don’t know’ answers, she felt peace because we were going through it together.  Mike and I realized that we are the constant in her life.  When we’re in The Netherlands, and she’s left family and friends behind in America, we are always there with her.  In America, when she’s left her friends, dog and home behind, we are always there with her.

So, here we are again with the same questions and the same answers. In prayer today, I realized that we are our constant for Grace, but God is really the constant for all of us. He is always there no matter where we are.  We can always go to Him and feel secure even in uncertain times. I am so thankful that He truly is the Rock on which I stand!

If nothing else, God never lets our lives become boring.  I’m reminded that if I had all the answers, I wouldn’t need God so much, and the uncertainty reminds me to turn to Him. This all made me think of a Jesus Culture song that sums it all up for me:

One Thing Remains

Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant through the trial and the change
One thing remains 

Your love never fails, never gives up
Never runs out on me

On and on and on and on it goes
It overwhelms and satisfies my soul
And I never, ever, have to be afraid
One thing remains

In death, In life, I’m confident and
covered by the power of Your great love
My debt is paid, there’s nothing that can
separate my heart from Your great love

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