• Angela M Coon

Grab the Tissues

Life is not a click track

It has it's ebb and flow

Like footprints on the sands of time, It changes as it goes.

Try as we may, Try as we might

To keep the status quo

Life can't be boxed,

It won't be wrapped neatly with a bow.

Time, like a click track for a drummer, keeps marching on as regular as sun up and sun down. We can’t stop it no matter how much we might want to stay in the moment. Yet, while time keeps marching on life changes right before our eyes.

We’re now in the season of graduations – from kindergarten, sixth grade, high school and college. It’s an emotional time; exciting yet somewhat sad as we realize that our children are not only growing up but heart strings are being lengthened and loosened to accommodate the ebb and flow of their lives.

We’re filled with pride at their accomplishments but also apprehension about what the future holds. I remember those feelings very well when Aaron graduated from high school. Tears were constantly welling up ready to spill over even though everyone around me saw a smile. I wanted to dance in celebration while at the same time crawl into a closet and cry my heart out. Life would never be the same again, the footprints were changing.

I comforted myself with the knowledge that this is life – part of the natural ebb and flow. Just as we can’t stop the course of a river we can’t stop the flow of life.

I also comforted myself with the knowledge of how exciting this was for Aaron. I remembered how much I enjoyed my college experience – meeting new people, being my own boss (to some extent), learning and experiencing new things. I chose to focus on him instead of me. I’m not saying that I didn’t grieve the change but I didn’t stay in the sadness any longer than I needed.

Then there’s the apprehension; what will life hold for him? I had protected my child for so long that it was difficult to entrust him to the unknown. However, I fell back on truths I had held onto all his life. It’s what helped me send him off to kindergarten for the first time – the power of prayer, the power of God to protect and the grace of God to take us through anything that could happen. God had done a very good job so far; there was no reason to believe He couldn’t see him through this next phase in his life and beyond.

Psalm 139:5 NLT "You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head."

The Message says, “I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too— your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful—I can’t take it all in!"

The NIV version says, “You hem me in behind and before…

This verse assures me that God has been in my child’s future already preparing the way, leading. Whether it's into high school, college, military or a new job. Yet, at the same time, God follows behind watching and protecting. He hems my child into His presence, His power and blessing. That’s a lot better than anything I can do.

Of course, this truth is comforting and reassuring for whatever season of change we may be experiencing in life. Change is inevitable but God is the constant that takes us through the sands of time.

Enjoy your graduations and be sure to grab the tissues. It’s okay to smile, dance, cry and enjoy the rhythm of life. Just don’t be apprehensive – God’s got it.

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