Friday, May 22, 2015

it's graduation day for our Rebecca

Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him… How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!  He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.

Today is not a normal day at all.  Well, the last few weeks I have shared more personal stuff in these devotions, more than normal.  The same is true today, and I am thankful that you keep reading (some of you do).

She turned 18 years old only a few weeks ago, but this is the day that Rebecca will graduate from High School.  We have looked forward to this day for this year and for so much longer than just the last 12 months or so.  I do not intend to give you a run down, a play by play or a historical account of Rebecca’s life in this post.

What I intend to do is talk about the emotions that I feel and how God prepares each of us for times like this.  Again, these are personal, often filled with opinion, yet I pray that some sense of encouragement or learning may be passed on to others.

When the kids come along you cannot help but be drawn to them.  They are cute and totally dependent on you.  We spend years helping our kids become self sufficient, but the less they depend on us, their parents, the tougher it really is for all of us.  Don’t get me wrong because I want Rebecca to stand on her own and to be successful.  I also pray that I have taught her that we are stronger when we let others be part of our lives.

She will walk across the graduation stage tonight with hundreds of others in the class of 2015 from Bassett High School.  She has continually made us proud of her accomplishments and her choices.  This is a great day.

She came in to the world, and I was crying the minute it happened.  And if you see me at graduation or this weekend just look away because I may be crying again.  Tears of joy and pride for our first-born.  We will remember this day for a long time.  Just around the corner of calendar time she will move on to the campus of Ferrum College beginning a new phase of life.  Not long after is so much more.  I will stop there because this dad’s heart can only deal with so much at this time.

Family makes like better.  Seeing our children succeed is an amazing thing.  Watching them begin to walk or talk or drive or graduate is only part of what parenthood is about.

The days ahead are marked with all kinds of opportunity, and I cannot wait to see how Rebecca, her classmates and others make choices to lean on God and to impact this world we live in.  This will be a great day, and I choose to look through eyes of faith as a father and a fellow follower of Jesus.

Rebecca, I am so proud of you.  Press on (but not too fast).  I love you too!

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