As graduation invitations continue to arrive in our mailbox (and some invites via facebook), I find myself thinking about the changes these kids and their families are about to experience.
I think about the little preschool graduates heading off to kindergarten in the fall. For most children, this means in school ALL day, EVERY day, Monday through Friday. This is a BIG change for them. And not only for them, but for their siblings (playmates), and especially for you moms and dads. It’s a time when we realize our children are growing up.
Then I think about the kids graduating (from High School or Home School) and heading off to college or new jobs. Leaving the comforts of their homes to live on their own for the very first time. A new found freedom for them, and a sense of loss for us parents.
This year I get to experience my first grandchildren walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. Wow! I can’t believe how fast these eighteen years have flown by (yes I know everyone says how fast time goes, but it is so true). I am excited for them! What the future might hold for them. But I am also saddened by the thought that I will be seeing a little less of them.
Releasing and letting our children experience life is not easy. I have shed tears at every stage. But God goes before us. He loves us. He loves our children. For me, the question is do I trust God with these lives or am I trying to be in control.