Today is G Day. Or it was supposed to be. The day our oldest son was to graduate from college. The day he was to walk down that hallowed hall to rise up on a stage, to be watched by his adoring family and thousands of his “closest friends” who are also celebrating their hard-win accomplishments. Today was the symbolic walk out of his childhood and into his future.
But that won’t happen today. Because graduations have been cancelled due to the pandemic.
I awoke early. So sad. So disappointed for him. Oh. My. Word. Did he work harder than anyone I have ever seen to accomplish what he did. He had some very tough times. He went away to school 13 hours from home. The first few years were rough. And tumble. And full of mistakes. (Sounds a lot like me actually), so he comes to that honestly.
He never left our son’s side. In the toughest times. The darkest moments. And those pivotal days when he had to turn away or toward decisions that would decide his future. Guess what? He rose to the challenge.
I cannot tell you as a parent it was always easy watching from afar. But I had to take my hands off his wings so he could learn to try them, fail and ultimately soar. And boy has he.
I am very thought – Full today. Remembering when this “perfect” creature was born – Oh how how deeply thankful I was. In complete awe actually. His chocolate and gold flicked eyes were so merry. He loved so purely. Adored his dad. His dog. Best times were sitting in my lap reading. He would reach up and put his little hands on my mouth. Always exploring. Always looking to understand the next adventure. Later, when his little brother was born – he became the best big brother he knew how to be. Ah life…. It’s true. So true. Tempest Fugit.
And now this. Where we drove away with broken heart leaving a teenage boy standing in front of a far away dormitory – now we celebrate a fine man with an amazing heart, a strong mind and an unstoppable will. He has come to know and trust God’s plans in his life and is so wise beyond his years.
I am reminded of God’s promise keeping….”being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
So back to today. Our son doesn’t need to walk through a ceremony to celebrate all that he is and has accomplished. Everyday is a celebration of all that God has done in him, planned for him and walked beside him. He is in the most excellent of hands and this we (and he knows) so intimately.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
God planned him, made him exquisitely to His exact detail and God has an amazing future for him. We cannot wait to see the heights that he will climb.
Congratulations SUN. Well done. You are so very loved.