Sometimes life feels like a book: there is a beginning, an ending and lots of chapters in between. I'm one of those book-readers who loves to read the last page of the book before I even begin chapter one. Yes, I know, that's partly ruining the whole entire experience of the book but it allows me to "see" where I'm headed and how everything turns out in the end!
In His wisdom, God never allows us to see the last chapter in our personal lives ahead of time, but as far as the over-all big picture in life goes, I'm glad I can open up the bible, flip to the very last page and see that GOD WINS!
Well, if my life were likened to a book at the moment, I've just ended a huge chapter in life and it's so very bitter-sweet. I love it and I hate it all at the same time. Yes, I'm speaking of my oldest child graduating from High School this past week. And in two more years, our youngest will do the same thing, ending yet another chapter and not only that, an entire "Act" (you know, those big fat books that have chapters divided into "Acts" because there is a lifespan or two involved in the book?).
This past year we've lived the "last of everything" experience with Tori: the last concert at high school; shopping for the last dress for high school banquets; the last lunch mom will every make for her in a lunch bag. Those of you that are moms out there, you know what I'm talking about. It's a very emotional time for parents yet it's also coupled with moments of sheer joy. Tears of sadness and tears of happiness.
Letting go is a process, and a very difficult one at that. But I have a point to this blog entry and it's quite simply this: everything in life is an opportunity for us to draw into a deeper and closer walk with God. As a familiy transitions with major changes in the lives of each family member, we can hold onto the knowledge that God NEVER changes; He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8).
Change in life is challenging, exciting and difficult all rolled up into one big experience. I'm usually very good with change, but this new chapter is frankly a bit harder for me than I expected. The emotions of it all have been so overwhelming, yet I have found great comfort in the book of Proverbs and Psalms this past week.
To all parents who are also ending this chapter in life, or who will be in the near future, remember to seek the great peace that comes from knowing our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the Great Comforter and I'm so very thankful for that.
Congratulations to our sweet, beautiful Tori.