a few weeks ago, the radio interviewed a member of the nnec (northern native education council), who was asking for families to host high school students for the school year. they were short on housing for 30 kids.
i was at home listening to the radio, and felt God tapping me on
the shoulder. my first response was 'no way! we have a new baby on the way, and only 3 bedrooms! that's crazy.' i didn't really entertain the idea seriously because - well, seriously! we've got a baby on the way! but when they
played an excerpt later, again i felt like God wanted us to
volunteer to host.
but because i'm stubborn and it's kind of scary, i
decided to give God an opportunity to reallllly make it clear (haha
aren't i nice?). so i told Him that if He wanted us to do it, patrick
would have to bring it up, and i wouldn't worry about it until then.
of course, patrick came home from work for lunch that day (this happens
maybe 2x a month?) and so it was probably an hour after i had made my request to (or deal with?) God that patrick goes, 'so, the nnec is looking for host
families for students. i wish we were able to host one.'
and i knew we
could do it, because God wanted us to. so i told patrick about my conversation with God, and he just grinned at me. so we applied. we moved sam to the bigger room so he and vava could share, then cleaned out his old room, and painted, and bought a
desk and lamp and bedding ... and now we've got a student living with us for the school year!
it's not how we imagined our year to go - but we're pretty confident that it's how God wants it to go. so we'll get a little experience in substitute parenting a teenager, and hopefully share a little love with a lonely kid who's far from home.
some questions i had, and some answers from God:
me: we're a family of 4, and only have 3 bedrooms, and you want us to give one up for the year?
God: whose bedrooms are these anyway? and whose house?
me: oh. right. Yours. always. (because anything we have - it's all from His hand, isn't it? plus, earlier that week i had been reading about the wise men who offered their treasures to the baby King, and i thought about my treasures - my family, my house, my happy life - and offered them to Him. so they are doubly His.)
me: could we be putting sam & vava in danger, by having a stranger in our house?
God: I am your safety. they are safer in My Hands than behind locked doors. and if you say no to Me, you're putting them in danger - the danger of having parents who are afraid of man instead of fearing Me. trust Me. and consider this - i want this student in your home for his safety.
me: patrick and i aren't exactly wise or experienced enough to substitute-parent a teenager.
God (laughing): no, but I am. and this is all on Me.
God has brought us a student, and we are excited for the awkward newness to wear off and the fun to begin.
pray for us?