Yesterday I attended Day 1 of a two-day college orientation for DD#1.
(Dad is taking his turn today. Bahaha!!)
Somewhere in between the " Don't helicopter over your college student" (got it; I teach middle school and am well-acquainted with helicopter parenting) and " You will need a second job to pay for this, " I cleaned 519 emails off my account.
And don't even get me started on FERPA.
Me no see grades, you no see cash. Very simple.
Yesterday evening, this tired mama and the sweet daddy who had swooped in (helicoptered??) to rescue shared a pizza and talked finances, dorm dilemmas, assorted worries about our child.
This morning I was reading about the feeding of the 5000 in John 6.
5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” 8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
There was plenty of grass in that place.
Jesus is getting ready to show His disciples yet again that He's sufficient for every need. He commands them to have the people sit down, and they sat on the grass.
Another gospel tells us it was "green grass".
Not dirt. Not sand spurs. Not gravel.
I love that detail. I big-puffy-heart it. It brought tears to my eyes today, because it is the picture of the God Who overlooks nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He meets my need and then some ( a point that He makes again and again in this story.)
Not gonna lie--sending my kid--and in particular, this kid--to college is a big, huge, fat, hairy deal. It is not small. In fact, between this and work, this fall is loaded up with not small.
In her book, Rhinestone Jesus, Kristen Welch shares an email she received during a difficult season:
"'You are not going to lose this battle because it is already WON on the Cross. I don't believe in losing or getting the victories because Jesus has already done it. The question is, how far will you do to declare the victory in this battle? Would two more rescued girls make you know it? Or two thousand more? How far will you go to proclaim that the victory was DONE for you?'"
How much will it take for me to know Christ is sufficient for all things? How many more signs do I need?
He fed 5000 men with five loaves and two fish, and everyone ate as much as they wanted. There were leftovers.
There was green grass.