I was doing fine until I opened yesterday’s mail.
Until I found from my beautiful sister-in-law a timely card of encouragement.
I’ve been holding things together in my flurry of activity. Preparing for this full week and next. Focusing only on the good, the next thing on the list, and supporting my wonderful family.
All of it melted into a puddled mess.
I knew it was coming. I just didn’t know when.
I know myself well enough that sometimes the puddled mess needs to happen in order to regroup, refocus, and refresh. Something happens through the tears. A cleansing, a refreshing, an “I don’t have to be in control” releasing.
And I can pick back up with a different perspective.
I imagine this was just the beginning of tears this week.
Tears of joy. Tears of sadness. Tears of pride. Tears of “how did we get here?” Tears of “life is changing.”
You see, my youngest is graduating from high school Saturday. This week is full of “lasts.”
With those come a myriad of emotions for this mom.
Soccer Senior Night where we’ll walk on that soccer field together as our son is recognized. At tonight’s choir concert when he and his fellow seniors leave the stage during the singing of our school’s Alma Mater. When I’ll take his photo on our front steps on his last day tomorrow. The Senior Awards Night where we’ll celebrate his achievements. And when he walks across the commencement stage in his cap and gown, receiving his diploma.
Oh. My. Goodness.
This might be a bit difficult for this mom. (Deep breaths.)
But this is what they are supposed to do, right? To grow into young adults who are our future leaders. Who are God-honoring and others-loving. To step into their next chapter of their lives with boldness and excitement. And as I’ve prayed all these years, “to lead in the cause of Christ in the world.”
God has big plans for his future. He’s gifted him in so many wonderful ways. I can’t wait to be a part of it all.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Life is changing, but God is in the changes.
That comforts this mom’s heart. I pray it comforts you, too.
You may find yourself in a similar spot. A different situation, but something comparable. Through the changes of life, you are not alone, no matter how it may seem. God is with you, friend. And it’s going to be okay.
I’ll be praying for you this week. If you think of me, will you pray for me as well?
It’s good to be reminded, we’re in this together.
Much love to you today,