Returning to the Mountain

20 years ago I made a request that is now 5 days from being fulfilled.

In the fall of 2000 I began my last semester of college knowing that the following spring I would get my degree in teacher education and start teaching that fall. As I began searching schools for my classroom learning experiences I was looking for schools that I thought I could send my children as well as teach in myself. And thus, my request.

As a kid growing up I went to four different schools (more on that tomorrow) and Amy went to almost as many, finishing with homeschooling for her high school years. We wanted our children to be able to go to one school for all of their school years, and we made our request known to God.

So it was that in the fall of 2001, Jeanna and I both put on our backpacks and got our pictures taken as we set off for our first day at Northwestern elementary together. In 2002 Zachary joined us, Darby in 2004, Moira in 2006, and Ezekiel in 2007. And on Saturday, Ezekiel finishes the quintet of Duncans to start and finish their educations at Northwestern School.

As I was walking to school this morning I was thinking about this and was reminded of Moses questioning whether he was the right person to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses asked God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?" (Exodus 3:11)

This is a question we all ask at some point in our lives (maybe at more than one point), "How do I know this is true?" "How will I know that this is really you telling me to do this, God?" God's answer to Moses has always frustrated me...

"I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain."

(Exodus 3:12)

Doesn't seem like much assurance, does it? "When you're back here with over one million Israelites and all of their possessions having convinced the most powerful ruler in the world to listen to you and give up all of his slave labor, then you will know that this is the truth that I am speaking right now." Wow. Sign me up for Moses' job.

Yet this morning that is what I was thinking about. I requested in faith that God would allow my children the opportunity to go to one school their entire careers. In faith I came to Northwestern School. And now 20 years later I can look back and see that God was with us, and we can now sit at this mountain and worship God saying, "You are faithful!"

How many times do we want to know the end of the story? And yet now I realize this is faith. To live out your days not knowing what tomorrow will bring, not knowing where you will be in 20 years or 20 minutes, but following in faith regardless, knowing God has it all in His hands, and trusting that He is with you.

But more on that tomorrow.


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