We called him our little ‘kickboxer.’
Micah kicked and kicked and kicked when he was growing inside my womb more than 15 years ago. What were all those tiny little biffs, bops, and bumps about? Honestly, the little guy was doing any number of things – from turning side-to-side, to somersaulting, to hand jiving to what John and I eventually termed – kick-boxing. For as Micah Man stretched out his long limbs within me, he was letting us know that he was ready to enter the world in an eager and exuberant way!
Fifteen years on, I must say that Micah Man is still that same kid!
Micah is our kid who is always ready to jump into new things in life with both feet. He stretches out his long limbs and gives everything he tries, a good GO!
And Micah is about to do it again.
In a couple of days, our son is boarding a plane to Europe! He’s going on a trip with his uncle and aunt to explore the wonders of a very ancient world. It’s the first time this boy will be so far away from us and away from us during a holiday.
When I asked Micah what he wanted to focus on while he was traveling, he said, “Let me think about it.”
A while later, when I asked again, Micah responded, “Mom, this is such a blessing to be able to go on this trip. I just want to be a blessing to my uncle and aunt and to those I meet along the way. So, I guess my word is ‘blessing.’”
Great word, Micah.
It’s what we need today, isn’t it?
We live in scary times. Some of you may even wonder what John and I are even thinking as we allow our boy to travel across the world without us – to regions of the world where terrorism and harsh realities abound. Yet, it is during such times that we want our son to look beyond himself and seek ways to love, care, and encourage others – stretching beyond the despair and the horror of the times to be a blessing.
It says in 1 Peter 3:9
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
John and I want Micah Man to live, breathe and move with the purpose of blessing others. We desire for Micah to respond to the challenges of this world and to the difficulties he may encounter with generous grace and lavish acts of compassion. When adversity, crisis or hardships occur in Micah’s life, and they will, we pray that Micah will turn to his God and depend upon Him – wherever Micah is in the world – whether in our home or on his travels within Europe or anywhere. There is no safe place in the world. Our desire for our son is to embrace the life he has been given and the opportunities that come his way instead of being fearful.
And Micah is doing just that!
Our boy is eagerly and expectantly looking ahead to his departure – as he should. Micah is ready to stretch his legs and move into an incredible, life-impacting experience without his parents. John and I couldn’t be more excited for him. We are proud of Micah, too. He is stepping out and choosing to be a blessing – kickboxing the fears and worries of this world away.
We have no doubt Micah will.
Safe journeys, Micah Man. May God’s favor and protection be with you. We love you and we can’t wait to hear all about it when you return!