“That night the Lord said, “Get up! Go down into the Midianite camp, for I have given you victory over them! But if you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah. Listen to what the Midianites are saying, and you will be greatly encouraged. Then you will be eager to attack.” So Gideon took Purah and went down to the edge of the enemy camp.” Judges 7:9-11
“Six weeks of senior year left. Seven until graduation. Wow!” I shot in a text to a friend. Everyone said it would go quickly. Here we stand. Six weeks of school including, two more scholarships to complete for college, “Oklahoma” the musical to finish practices for and perform, class projects, graduation announcements, and finals. I’m sure that isn’t everything. Oh, yeah….Prom! Hello, busy.
All that with my son and then stir in the momma emotion. Thorntonville is feeling senioritis.
It’s that time of life. Time to release into the world. While I know there is more growing up to do along the way (and I’m not just talking about my son!), it feels a bit like we are preparing for battle as we step into these next six weeks.
I’m a bit like Gideon in the book of Judges in the Old Testament. Gideon was a man who was a fraidy-cat. God called him to be a warrior (Judges 6:12) and then he asked for signs of God before he would even take action (Judges 6:36). Even after all the signs and reassurances from God (including seeing an angel in Judges 6:22), when it came time to go into battle he was still fearful. The great thing about God though is he knew Gideon. Just like God knows me. Before going into battle God said to Gideon, “But if you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah [his bud]. Listen to what the Midianites are saying, and you will be greatly encouraged. Then you will be eager to attack.” As Gideon took God up on this action he was encouraged by words straight from those he was about to take victory over!
About a month ago, I felt an urge to set-up some lunch and coffee dates with a few ladies in the seasons ahead of me. These ladies had all been through the “senior year” season. They each blessed me in different ways. Like Gideon needing a little reassurance, I listened gleaning wisdom that would help sustain me through this amazing, but also challenging time. One lady had experienced graduating her oldest last year. She was able to give me some advice on things to pay attention to from FAFSA to college dorm ideas. Her words were very relevant and involved actions that were very current. Another mom, who is about to graduate her youngest from college, gave me further insight for things to look forward to farther out and how to continue working on the change from mom of teen to mom of man relationship. Last but not least, the last set of wisdom blessed ladies, gave me pictures of life even further out with joy and laughter filled stories of their children growing up into adults they admire and respect.
Like, Gideon, I sat listening eagerly soaking up the blessings of encouragement that fell upon my ears. Now, I know my battle is different than Gideon’s, I’m not out to slaughter Midianites. But I am out to slaughter fear. Fear that comes with the changing of seasons. Fear that comes from the release of my children into the world. My greatest weapon is trusting in the God of Gideon to make them warriors, knowing that He sees them for who they are to become which is so much more insight than I have.
That is why I’m so comforted by this Old Testament story. It shares the grandness of my Lord, displayed through a little fraidy-cat just like me with the boldness of a victor producing world changers like my children.
With that I can say to the next seven weeks, “Bring it!” and like Gideon hear God say, “Get up! For the Lord has given you victory…”
And to those encouragers out there that God sent me to glean wisdom from, Thank you.