My daughter Jillian attends Ross School of Veterinary Medicine which is located on St. Kitts Island way down in the Caribbean. It was so hard sending her off to such a foreign land. As her parents, Ted and I worried about her safety, health, and well-being in such a faraway place. It made it much easier knowing that she had her husband with her. We trusted Andy to keep both of them safe. He offered all the physical and emotional support that has, so far, gotten her through four of seven semesters.
This next semester it all changes. Andy will be staying in the states to start work on his doctorate. Jillian will return (following her semester break home here in Michigan) to school by herself. We are all a little nervous about it. One issue that came up was that of cell phones for communication. Jill and Andy have cell phones on the island – and those phones really are for use only on the island. Jill had a phone that she used in the states – when she was in the states. As Jill was trying to explain to me the different kinds of phones and service plans while trying to figure out who needed what kind of phone, she made this comment to me that summarized the goal she was trying to achieve:
“I just want to have Andy in my pocket.”
That hit me like a rush of wind and caused my heart to sigh and my eyes to tear. She has depended on him for the past sixteen months and he has always been there to help. Now she will be flying solo so to speak and wants a direct line to him.
It made me think 🙂
We all have available to us the very best source of help we could ever need – and it is in our pockets. When things are going wrong and we need to cry out for help – simply take your hands out of your pockets, put them together, and pray.
I want to help Jill as much as I can while she is far away at school. I am frustrated that I cannot call anytime I want (she is in class or it costs too much), I cannot send frequent care packages (you can’t believe how expensive it is to mail a package to an island in the Caribbean), and I can’t drive over there for a quick day or weekend visit to take her out to eat or spoil her with a shopping trip. All I can do is pray.
I know there are a lot of moms out there with adult children who are living far away, attending school in another state, or who are not just physically distant, but have distanced themselves emotionally leaving a huge relationship gap. Don’t forget that you have the most powerful method of assistance available at your fingertips and in your very own pockets. Your hands. Just pray.
Jilly, you can do it! Andy loves you. There are lots of friends and family who love you. And God loves you. Trust Him.
I’ll be here praying for you.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”