|Luke doing his 'silly dance' at the Children's Day celebration|
As a parent, making life changing decisions and following God's call on your life is very difficult knowing your decisions not only affect you but they affect your children, who, let's face it, don't have much say in the matter. They are along for the ride.
Or are they?
Can we really believe that an all seeing all knowing and LOVING God would call only us not taking into consideration the affect it would have on our children? Can we really believe that His plan for us doesn't include their lives, that although the experience may not always be positive, that even the hard parts, the parts that hurt are intended for our growth AND theirs?
So, we have to trust that all the experiences they have in this life, good and bad, are part of His plan for them, part of their story and their journey.
It's definitely NOT easy.
There are, however, little things that happen that remind us that God is in it, things that fall into place just perfectly, that we couldn't have planned.
When we were in Canada preparing to come to Brazil, the kids really, really wanted a dog. For obvious reasons, we couldn't get one. We said, that maybe, if it worked out and it was ok with the people here where we would live, we could get a dog in Brazil. Maybe.
When we arrived on the 11th of September, we pulled into the chacara and Deanna said, 'Oh I forgot to tell you, 4 days ago Zoe (their Rottweiler) gave birth to two puppies'. Phil and I looked at each other. At first, both were spoken for but that didn't work out, so there was an extra puppy with no home. Hmmmmm.
Two weeks ago we added a member to our family. He's small, has dark hair, dark eyes and is cuter than cute. We named him George. He's the second puppy and he's ours.
Just last week I worked out that Georges birthday, 4 days before we arrived would have been the 7th of September, also Luke's birthday. God knew we were coming, and he knew that we had two children who desperately wanted a dog and just to make it special he made sure his birthday was the same as our sons.
Yesterday, I was sharing with others Luke's experience, the frustration he feels when being teased. Emma Bergen, who was born here said, 'it took me about a year and a half of living here [in Marabá] to figure out that when they tease, it's their way of inviting you into friendship' Huh.
Luke had a funny grin on his face when I told him and said, 'Well that makes no sense' I replied, 'No it doesn't, but does it make you feel better?'
'Ya, it does' he said smiling.