Today's Devotional Thought
June 11, 2013 by Rachel Piferi
Graduation season is upon us. For some of us, it means little graduation caps worn on the heads of eager 5 year olds who cannot wait to board that big yellow bus in the Fall and take on the world of kindergarten. Well prepared with their fresh knowledge of colors and counting and how to sit in a circle politely doing criss-cross applesauce, these little three foot graduates are ready to know more about math and reading and science and they excitedly take this step towards daily independence from mom and dad.
For others, it is well-dressed 5th graders who have enjoyed their year as a big fish in their elementary school and who are eagerly, although also anxiously, approaching middle school. Well prepared with their knowledge of multiplication and fractions and US History and cursive, these four and five foot graduates walk across a stage towards joining the complex teenaged world of social dilemmas and heartbreaks and social, emotional, and educational growth.
For others, it is excited and yet also timid 17 and 18 year olds who will don their graduation caps and gowns with the full realization that their lives are about to be very different once they walk across that stage. From their earliest memories, they have been in school. Every school year brought slight differences in classroom size or friendships, but the routine was always the same. Living under the care of mom and dad, they went to that school building each day to learn from trusted teachers for hours each day. And now they will embark on a journey that takes them to a larger educational setting or to the workforce to begin true preparation for the adult they will become.
And for college students, graduation is the culmination of years of studying and dreaming and working hard. In fact, many college graduates have already completed their first weeks in the "real world" and likely have even cashed that very first real paycheck. A well-earned reward after years of 8am classes and all-nighters and blue books.
Graduation season is upon us. And no matter what stage of graduation you are in, it brings change.
Change that sometimes can feel like loss.
But I believe change that should feel like gain.
It seems like life is always changing. And it can get very tempting to focus on the negative aspects of change. But I am more and more convinced with every season that I travel through that change is good. Change is necessary. Change is gain.
And change brings a new season with new opportunities to grow in and follow the Lord. God is giving us a new assignment with new people to meet, new challenges to take on, and fresh opportunities for a closer walk with him.
And as we weather the seasons of change throughout life, God gives us one thing that does not change.
In Malachi the Lord says the following: "I the LORD, do not change." (Malachi 3:6a).
I don't know about you, but that phrase brings me such comfort and strength and security in the midst of uncertain periods of life that bring great change.
Periods of life like graduations.
This week and this month, many we love take on graduation.
They take on change.
And they take on the opportunity for a fresh look into the face of God.
Where they can ask, where are we going now Lord?
And where they can whisper the words of the Psalmist: Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.