Well, the day has come. My firstborn son graduates from high school today. He has grown to be a fine young gentleman and is about to fly from my nest. In fact, this baby bird will fly very far from my nest; three provinces away to pursue his post-secondary training in youth ministry. I am so proud of who he has become and I am excited for where God wants to take him. My husband and I have parented him to the best of our abilities, seeking God’s direction at every turn and I think we have done a good job. It has taken time and effort, but the reward is priceless.
Yet a part of me is saddened at how quickly it has all gone. I remember the moment he was born and calming him in my arms. I remember the first time he said “mum-mum” and took his first steps. I remember teaching him to swim and read his beginner books. I remember attending his countless ballgames and school speech competitions. I remember the first time he drove out of my driveway with his brother in tow. I blinked and he became a man.
Sometimes it feels like he has been around forever and other times it feels like he still needs hot milk before bed. It reminds me so clearly of what the Bible says about our lives in James 4:14. “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Rather sobering, yet incredibly inspiring!
Time is short, but life is wonderful. I have cherished every moment I have had with both my children. With my husband. With my family and friends. With my coworkers. I have looked to make every moment count and count for Christ. Life isn’t always easy, but it is to be celebrated. The tough times grow us into who we are meant to be and the good times are the icing on the cake!
So, as I watch my big guy walk across the stage tonight and grab his high school diploma I celebrate all the little moments that have brought us to this big moment. I am excited for his future and what he will accomplish. I am curious to see the connections he will make with others and the moments that will come to define him. I am looking forward to who he finds as his wife and the little bambinos that will follow. Life keeps getting better and better.
Tonight, I will be sure not to blink! I don’t want to miss this important moment in the mist!