This is not how it was supposed to go. This was not the plan, at least not my plan. She was supposed to graduate and come home, find a job in D.C. and live here for a few years while she saved money. Then she was supposed to move into a house in Ballston with a few friends. I mean, isn’t that what young people do? They come back home for few years, right?
But in truth that was my plan, not hers and certainly not God’s. Instead she completed a drive “across the Deep South and Southwest,” as she called it, to begin a ten-month Border Fellows program in El Paso.
When she showed me the link last fall I cried. I cried not because it wasn’t my plan but because it was so clearly God’s plan for her. She has a heart for the under-resourced, the underrepresented and the forgotten. She’s fluent in Spanish, and she is wise enough to answer God’s call.
Last time we talked, my heart filled with joy as I realized that she had followed God’s call all the way to El Paso. My daughter Emily (Em) isn’t down the hall. She won’t be coming home from work to have dinner with us every night. I cannot protect and provide for her, but I can pray for her. And pray I will!
I’m reading a book, “The Circle Maker,” that encourages bold prayers. The author, Mark Batterson, makes the statement, “The greatest tragedy in life is the prayers that go unanswered because they go unasked.” He also challenges us to pray bold prayers. That’s exactly what I plan to do (because it is pretty much the only thing I can do for her). I will pray for her safety and that God will use her to bring God’s kingdom to Earth. I will pray that God puts a passion in her heart for a God-size vision that can only be accomplished if she taps into the power of the Holy Spirit.
Lately a phrase pops into my head about once a day: “You have not because you ask not.” I searched BibleGateway.com—I wasn’t even sure it was scripture—and found that it is actually the last part of James 4:2. So, I am going to pray and pray boldly for Em and for all the other young people who graduated in May 2016. May God bless them as they seek God’s will for their lives. I wait with eager expectation because I know God wants this millennial generation to change the world and make God’s kingdom visible here on earth.