Lockers are being cleaned out, graduation invitations are traveling through the mail, and students are breathing a long sigh of relief. The smell of summer is in the air as another school year comes to a close.
Tomorrow will be our kids’ last day in elementary school. While I’m so excited for all of the choices and challenges they will have in junior high, I can’t help but mourn this seemingly “official” end to childhood.
Even though I am grasping to hold on to each day, the time with them is pouring through my fingers like sand. The harder I squeeze, the faster the sand seems to slip through my grasp.
Last week I found myself tearful at this ending in their journey. As I prayed about it, I felt that still small voice ask “Well, what is it you are raising them for?”
“I am raising them to love you, God,” I said in my mind, “and I’m raising them to be able to go out into the world without me.”
“Then be happy. Have peace in where they are going. Teach them to trust me.”
Truth is, God loves our children more than we do, and He wants what is absolutely best for each of them.
If we teach our kids to trust Him and to seek Him, His plan for them will be beyond what our minds can begin to comprehend. “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity on the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from the beginning to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11.
The Bible also tells us in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
Whether your child is graduating preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, junior high, high school, or college, my prayer is that your tears will only be out of joy. I pray that you remember what the Spirit told me,
Be happy. Have peace in where they are going. Teach them to trust me.