I remember clearly the day I left home for college. I had my dark gray 1990 Chevy Cavalier packed and loaded to capacity. I looked as if I would never return home again. From a mini-fridge and microwave to a new word processing typewriter and monogrammed washrags, I was setting out to experience life on my own. Although I was the youngest of four, I was the first to leave home for a college campus. My new home was hundreds of miles away. I had to cross three states until eventually, some ten and half hours later, I would arrive in my new college town of Springfield Missouri.
When I arrived, the reality that I was going to be on my own began to settle upon me for I knew I was soon to be all alone. I had left all my friends and family behind. It did not feel like I was beginning a new chapter, if felt as if I was beginning a new life. My parents and I walked through the freshman orientation process together, but soon I would say my final goodbyes in the parking lot of a local hotel. They were incredibly helpful and encouraging regarding my decision to go so far away to school, but I could tell it was one of the most difficult things that they ever had to endure.
Indeed that experience changed my life. My life would never be the same. Before I knew it, I was married. By the time I graduated I had two boys, the last one born the month I graduated in May of 1995. However, I never fully appreciated that time in my life, until now.
Today, my baby boy is no longer a baby and is off to follow God’s plan for his life as well. As I write this, Tanner is making the necessary last minute arrangements to get his things in order for today we leave for college. His dark gray 2013 Hyundai Elantra is packed to capacity. He too has a mini-fridge and a microwave, but has opted for the laptop and ipad instead of the typewriter and monogramed washrags. This time the journey is not quite as long; Louisville Kentucky is just a stone’s throw away and with modern technology we will still be able to connect anytime we need to.
I am super excited for what this monumental day means in my son’s life. These are formidable years that God will use to shape and mold Tanner into His image, yet at the same time, this day is just as important to me for it represents the fruit of my life. Indeed, it causes me to look back and wonder where all the time has gone and how fleeting life truly is, but this day also makes me want to shout from the rooftops that God is good. From the very beginning of my journey, the Lord was there. When I left for school, I did so because I believed God would go with me. That college journey proved my faith. He was there! He never left me; He has never forsaken me. He did everything that He said He would do and He is continuing to live up to His word. He is doing it in my life; He is doing it in my son’s life.
This day will be full of emotion, but the resounding sentiment of my heart is that my God is faithful and true.