“Letting Go” was the name of the closing ceremony at Wheaton College where I dropped Sara off last month. Perhaps more than most parents I was letting go of Sara-across 2 continents, the Atlantic Ocean and 7 time zones. Of course, I had started to “let go” of her 7 years ago, when she started boarding school at the Rift Valley Academy. Shortly after I returned to Rwanda, I took the four other children to RVA, including Lydia and Moses, who will be starting RVA for the first time-more letting go. You know-letting go hurts. There’s no way around it; separation is hard. Of course, I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think the benefits outweighed the costs. I’ve seen how our children have grown and thrived at RVA, under the supervision of a godly and skilled staff, who pour out their lives for the children there. I am praying that Sara continues to flourish at Wheaton, and that Moses and Lydia adapt well to RVA. That’s another benefit of letting go: I rely much more on prayer than I ever did before, for my children.
Of course, I’ll never fully “let go” of my children in my heart; the reason that I can let them go away to school is that I know that I have a God that never lets them go, not even for one second. If His eye is on the sparrow, then surely it is on Sara, Hannah, Caleb Jr, Lydia and Moses. For extra emphasis, listen to Matt Redman’s Song, You Never Let Go !