Hong Kong 2013
This blog will explore the travels and misadventures that Todd experiences during his 3-week teaching trip to Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Institute for Christian Counseling.
Leavin', on a jet plane...
"All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go." Ok, at least all of the physical details of travel have been checked, double-checked and accounted for. Carry-ons are loaded with snacks and assessment materials. Dress slacks and ties have been dry-cleaned and meticulously placed in the checked luggage. Lectures have been developed and all my devices have a full battery. For all intents and purposes I am ready to travel. With that being said, the line from John Denver's haunting ballad that seems to stir the strongest emotion in my this morning is "Already I'm so lonesome I could die." Ok, not in some melodramatic, woe-is-me, fashion, but more specifically as I think about my two boys, Ethan, 5, and Graham, 3. The greatest blessing I have ever received is my family, and the love that Rebekah and I share for our boys. They aruly are the apple of my eye and the object of so much of my affection. The uncomfortable truth that I have wrestled with in the past 48 hours centers around the fact that I often place more faith in my abilities to raise, protect, comfort and nurutre them than I do in commiting them to the Lord. For whatever reason, I have faith that the Lord will do that for me in every way, but the solid rock becomes sinking sand with the thought of not being there for them and trusting that the Lord will meet their needs, protect their hearts and grow their faith. In many ways, this letting go will be a first of many: kindergarten, driver's license, college, etc. The call to serve in my life has always come with some corresponding sacrifice. As I step into this most incredible of oppotyuinties to use my gifts to serve the Body of Christ, I simumtaneously surrender the fear that I have clung to for so long in my life by trusting that whatever may happen, good, bad or otherwise, that my children are entrusted to the unsurpassed love and affection of their heavenly father. There is no better place for them to be.
As for now, off to the airport, onto the plane and then Tokyo and eventually Hong Kong.
Catch you on the flipside...
1 Cor 4: This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.