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Going & Letting Go
by D.I. Telbat
Roger Larson clenched his fist and fought the urge to raise it in the face of Colby Woodrow.
“You’re not taking my daughter to that backwards country!” Roger felt his nostrils flare. “I won’t have my daughter wearing some veil the rest of her life and treated like a third-rate human being!”
“I had no idea you would disapprove of this, Mr. Larson.” Colby remained seated on the living room sofa. Roger wished the youngster would stand up and face him like a man. “You gave me permission to marry Amy, sir. I thought you knew I was entering the mission field.”
“Yeah, but after Bible school . . . after training . . . after you raise the money. Not like this! Not as soon as you get married—you have no resources, no security!”
“But we’re needed over there. Amy and I have prayed about this for months. We both feel God is saying to go now.”
“And what about Bible school?”
“I’ve been attending church for nineteen years, Mr. Larson—since my parents first took me as a baby. And most of those years Amy was in church, too. If I don’t know how to share the truth of God’s Word after nineteen years of instruction, then I’ll never be ready.”
“But your health condition!” Roger turned his back and threw his hands in the air. “People don’t do things like this—running off without a plan, barely married.”
“Amy and I don’t have a house to tie us down. I’ll leave my car with my parents. If we stick around here, Mr. Larson, we’ll just get caught up with expenses and bills, and, well, life.”
“No, this won’t work. I won’t allow it!” Roger stomped to the deck door and stared out at his wife and Amy at the barbeque grill. They both still wore their Sunday dresses. The pastor’s sermon that morning had been stirring, even causing Roger to squirm in his seat—and he was a deacon. “This isn’t what we planned for Amy’s life. She’s never even been overseas before. I really didn’t see this coming.”
“What about God’s plan, sir, like the pastor preached this morning? Years ago, you taught children’s church. You taught us to give everything for God, for His glory, to bring souls to Him. The harvest is ripe where we’re going, Mr. Larson. People are starving for the Word, for spiritual freedom.”
“Humph.” Roger shook his head, then turned toward his future son-in-law. “I taught those classes more than ten years ago. You still remember that lesson?”
“I remember. It was the truth. And it changed my life.”
“Well . . . the student is the teacher today, I guess.” Roger sighed. How could he argue with God’s truth? “This is just such a shock. But who am I to talk you out of God’s will if you’ve thought and prayed it through? The wedding is only two months away. We have a lot to prepare.”
“Yes, sir. And I’m more terrified of that day than the country where we’re going!”
“That’s healthy fear, son.” Roger chuckled. “So, you’re really going, huh?”
“We have to. It’s our calling. Together.”
“I suppose I’ve got to let go of my little girl, then. This’ll take some getting used to. Come on. We’d better go tell my wife.” He opened the door, shook his head, and patted Colby on the back. “So, our daughter and soon-to-be new son-in-law are going to be missionaries . . .”
The End of “Going & Letting Go”
COMING UP: Join us next time as David begins a three-part Author Reflection Series based on the Book of Jeremiah, Part I: “God Remembers Your Devotion.” And in the following post, David shares a couple of fictional COIL Status Reports on Persecuted Churches in Uzbekistan and Sudan.