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Topic: GET COLD FEET (10/12/17)
By Rachel Rudd
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Laughter bounded up the stairs. Her family. Tomorrow she would fly 11,000 miles away from that sound of them teasing each other. Even though it was her own choice to attend Bible school in Australia, she would still miss that noise.
“Hey Sugar-Cup, how's the packing going?”
“Very slow, Dad. Do you think I should take four or five pairs of shoes?”
“Two,” he said as he tweaked her ear, “You only have two feet.”
“Haha, Dad. I don't know how much I'll be exploring the city or the country, though.”
“Well, just remember the weight limit. You might also want to leave room for bringing something home agin.” He squeezed her shoulder and left the room. “Let me know if you need any help.”
“Home again.” she whispered tugging her cardigan closer. “Not for a whole year.”
Her brother William whizzed by shooting Nerf guns at imaginary targets. Who knew what he would be into by the time she returned? Computers? Sports? Or even girls? He turned thirteen in just four months. Would they still have their inside jokes or would he forget?
Peter jumped from behind the door knocking her mind back into the present. “Alright, Peter. Did you come to help or to scare me?”
“Nix. I had this meme to show you. I thought you might need a laugh.”
Leave it to my oldest brother to be thoughtful, Joy thought. They spent the next half hour sharing their favorites. “Promise me something.”
“Stay in contact with me. I'm going to need all the laughs you can send my way.”
“No doubt about that. I'll spam you every day.” He ducked his head missing the playful tap she sent his way. “Now I'd better get out of here so you can get done.”
Peter always helped cheer her up. For some reason he was also the one who first knew of her plans.
Even before she started high school, she knew those plans. Her heart beat with the desire to spend time focusing on God. One day she hoped God would use her to help other people, too. For the past three years, the local supermarket had slowly given the earnings she needed to pay for this idea. Then her parents surprised her with the money to extend her studies to a whole year.
Can I really live 365 days apart from those I've lived with for all of my life? Her socks lay scattered on the bed and she grabbed an odd pair to find warmth.
“Hey Sweetheart, I brought you some crackers to snack on.”
“Thanks, Mom. I don't know how I’ll get all this done by tomorrow morning. How do I even know if I can do this?”
Understanding her meaning, her mom slid down beside her and cuddled her close. “How did you know that you could graduate with honors?”
Joy shrugged her shoulders.
“You didn’t. You just worked hard and it happened. You took it one day and one assignment at a time. You also let God give you strength for today. Not for tomorrow. He’s the Great Yam, remember? “ She winked at Joy.
Joy laughed at her four year old misunderstanding. “I know you’re right, Mom but I am going to miss you so much. I'm not even sure I should desert my family for that long!”
Her mom sighed and hugged her tighter. “You're not making this easy on me, huh? My heart tells me to convince you to stay even though I know that’s not...”
“...what God wants?”
“Exactly, we’ve prayed for ages about this and believe that God...”
“...is leading me.” Joy sighed and grabbed a handful of shoes dropping them into the bottom of her bag. “Okay, Mom, but I'm bringing all the shoes!”
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