My youngest daughter is now an adult. She graduated last night, and I am so proud! Proud of her and the growth she has made over the last eighteen years.
From diapers to pull-ups to braces and hair straighteners…she has always been a joy.
The most exciting moment by far was the day she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior! Her Dad and I were so relieved to see her acknowledge God’s hand in her life!
She has grown spiritually, especially within the last several years. I have seen her turn to God in times of trouble. She has taken steps to stand up for and defend her faith at school, even when it meant persecution. She has increased in confidence and boldness – even to the point of realizing that sometimes faith in God means choosing Him over friends and family. This is a hard lesson for a young person to learn, yet she has accepted it gracefully.
She has a heart for others, often showing concern for friends who may be off the “narrow path”. She has chosen wisely in regards to relationships with guys. She has remained pure, drug-free, and available for God’s calling. For this….we are so thankful!
As graduation came nearer, and scholarship applications had to be completed, she struggled in verbalizing her goals and dreams. Knowing that only she could come to a realization of that, I struggled, wanting to step in and fill her dreams with my own. However, I knew I couldn’t. She had to come to a realization of what it was that God wanted for her to do the rest of her life. I knew that now, especially now, SHE had to be the one to make the decisions. —Time to let go……..Wow, this is the hard part for a parent 😦
Seven days before graduation, God chose to reveal His immediate plans for her. In a series of almost unbelievable events, her goals and dreams were defined and became a reality! She sent me an e:mail expressing her excitement at the realization that God already knew what was in her heart. Even though she had yet to confidently state it, God personally arranged her future, sending unknown people and circumstances in to pave the way!
She now will be going to college, a Christian college, playing on a soccer scholarship, and sharing this time with a good friend who will be attending as well. God has worked out the finances (Praise the Lord!), and the timing. The soccer coach drove over 7 hours to meet with us and was so encouraging, patient and kind to answer all of our questions. She will be able to study in the computer/graphic arts field while playing the sport she loves, all the while being able to openly express and participate in Christian activities on a campus that focuses on our Lord.
We couldn’t be happier for her! — and so humbled that God would protect and love our daughter so much. Sometimes we, as parents, think that it is up to us to arrange and prepare the future for our children. We forget that God, Himself, has the ultimate control, and takes the lead in laying the foundation for their success after high school.
God Is…the First Day of the Rest of Her Life —
He is also the “Inbetween” and the never-ending Last.
Congratulations, my daughter! We Love You!