High School Seniors and University Seniors. We are thinking of you. Our family has three Seniors this year. Two graduating high school, one graduating college. While they are doing great at keeping perspective, this is hard. My heart hurts for them in that what was a season of anticipation is now replaced with uncertainty among many other emotions still likely developing.
I found this today, and thought it was appropriate: By Eugene Peterson, – A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, he describes the experience of being in between – “Between the time we leave adolescence and arrive at adulthood; between the time we leave doubt and arrive at faith. It is like the time when a trapeze artist lets go of the bars and hangs in midair, ready to catch another support; it is a time of danger, of expectation, of uncertainty, of excitement, of extraordinary aliveness.”
How can we make this season one of “extraordinary aliveness?” Maybe if we can learn to wait. Henri J. M. Nouwen wrote, “For many people, waiting is an awful desert between where they are and where they want to go. And people do not like such a place. They want to get out of it by doing something.” So much is found in the middle. In the waiting. In the humility of doing the next right thing today, then again tomorrow and so on.
Remember, as we practice being faithful in the small things, God often shows up with grander invitations each time.
High School seniors, you arrived with 911 and another great milestone is greeting you with a global pandemic. We grieve with you for this season, and maintain the bigger picture at the same time. Life is as big as you want it to be, and it often starts in slow, the small, the humble time with your Creator who promises, “Call to me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things you do not know.” Jer. 33:3. What better time to invest fully in that call than now? You’ve got this. We’re standing beside you. We love you so much. Keep going and know when this plays out, (and it will) perhaps we will have loved bigger, engaged more strongly, learned more about the human spirit, and given back to the world something it really needed. Love. Presence. Encouragement. Hope. Jesus.
“Surely all you promised is so much more than I can see. I will rest in the assurance that I have all I need, here in the Father’s peace.” Love You. Jeannie