If you are, or have ever been, parents of young children, then you know that daily schedules and routines are vital to everyone’s sanity. So we have been working hard to figure out how our family operates smoothly on a day-to-day basis in these first two weeks. As you can imagine, we have put a specific focus on school mornings.
As such, it is interesting to see how our mornings are so clearly mirroring what they were in the States. Back in Bluffton we spent the last six months waking the girls up at 7:00 (at the latest) knowing that Elizabeth needed to be heading out the door by 7:50 and Hannah had to be ready shortly after. This usually meant that we had a last minute scramble between 7:48 and 7:52 to wrap up with Hannah always being the last one around and ready to go.
So here in France we are waking the girls up at 7:00, and everything is timing out pretty much exactly the same. At some point between 7:50 and 7:55 the girls are generally, fed, clothed, brushed, and ready to head to school (and Hannah is still always last!). There is just one major difference, though. Here in France we do not leave for school until 8:10. So every day we have this awesome 15-20 minutes where we just sit and chat and bask in knowing we are not at all rushed.
This morning we did even better and had more like 25 minutes, so I asked Elizabeth to get her Bible. We read through Joshua 3, the story of Israel crossing the Jordan river to get into the Promised Land. We talked about entering a new land and needing to trust God at every step.
I thought it was important to ask the girls why the priests had to get into the water BEFORE God stopped the flow and allowed them all to cross. The answer seems to be clear. God needed to know they had faith in him before he could move forward with them. I so very often wish my faith was stronger, and I do not know all of God’s plans for us in this new land. Even so, it has been exciting getting our feet wet so far.
As we explained to our children this morning, to understand this story with Joshua, we must understand that God always keeps his promises. The river stops. The Messiah comes. Salvation is given. He always keeps his promises. I hope you understand that for your story as well.