We celebrated a family milestone on Thursday.
We have our first graduate from the Happy Blue School. Micah is on his way!
As I shared in my post yesterday, it was a happy, poignant day of thanksgiving. Micah is excited at the prospect of beginning his high school years in South Africa. However, he is also sad to leave his brothers and me.
Life is like that isn’t it?
With every beginning, there is also an end. With every start, there is also a finish. With every introduction, there is also a conclusion. As Jeremiah wrote in Ecclesiastes 3, there is a season for everything and a time for every matter under the heavens. There is a time to take a step out from what is comfortable and known, and set out for a new hope, a new destination and a new purpose. Our son, Micah is about to take a bold new step and the wonderful thing about it all is that he goes forward with the help, strength and supporting arm of his God.
My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust. Isaiah 51:5 KJV
I liked the King James version of Isaiah’s words.
I liked the fact that my son is offered the arm of the Lord. His righteousness and justice are near. As Micah waits upon his God for the unfolding revelation of what is ahead for him at school, his Lord will show the way.
I wondered what the word ‘arm’ signified in Hebrew. I loved what I found! Arm comes from the Hebrew transliterated word zara. At its root meaning, zara means to sow and to scatter seed to ultimately produce a crop. In addition, the righteousness that is near and the salvation that has gone forth is Jesus Christ, Himself. He is sowing something good, something righteous, and something redemptive in the lives of those who are waiting upon Him to produce something of eternal quality.
Yes, for now, we are waiting upon our Lord and Savior to produce something good as we wait upon Him for Micah’s new school experience. However, in a far grander and far more purposeful vision, we see that we are waiting upon our Savior for salvation to come to the hearts of all as we trust and depend upon His righteous arm. And somehow and in some way, Micah’s step into a new school in 2014 has the potential to play a role in that amazing sowing of seed. For our lives are not solely about self-centered causes like entering a new phase of school life, but rather our eyes are focused upon the cause of Christ and fulfilling His purpose.
Yes, we have our first graduate from the Happy Blue School. We are proud of Micah and excited for his future. We are hopeful and expectant about what our God shall do in his life as Micah trusts and rests upon the arm of his Lord and sows seed in His glorious name.