My little brother graduated from college this weekend. I am so incredibly proud of him and can’t wait to witness the next chapter in his life. I know it will be an adventure and I know it will inspire others – because that’s who he is. Congrats, Brother!!!!
Graduation season has me thinking on a few things, like the future, big dreams, and taking that next step. It reminds me of where I was when I began this blog – it was a way to share a part of my story and chronicle my journey forwards. As it turns out that journey took me from Texas to North Carolina and finally back home to Oklahoma. It’s been exciting and sometimes heartbreaking, but always beautiful as Christ has continued to guide my life and prepare my heart for what lies ahead.
It’s always an interesting feeling, that moment, accomplishing a goal – a huge triumph – yet wondering what’s next. I think these moments are precious. Created to refresh, renew, and reflect over what God has done and what He is doing around us. He is God so I know His plans are good, and will take me beyond what I can imagine. I know that He will continue to do his work in me and I know I will move forward – on to another goal and another dream. I also know that waiting is hard.
These moments of accomplishment and waiting are truly unique and have been marked times of change and self discovery in my life. They can be difficult and trying as they refine us and, if we let them, draw us closer to Him. In moments following great accomplishment it seems that Christ often blesses us with times of renewal and rest – at least that has seemed true in my life. The choice is then to trust and enjoy or give in to the pressure we so frequently place upon ourselves.
I love this verse from Exodus. It’s about Moses, right before he experiences the glory of the Lord, it is so simple and yet so wonderful. Here we find Moses asking the Lord to teach him and enable him to find favor with God. To Moses’ pleading and request for favor the Lord says this…
“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14
To me this is amazing. Moses has accomplished so much, and when he asks God how he can continue to find favor with Him, the Lord offers himself and he offers rest. I will be with you, the Lord says, and you will rest! I hope that in these times of waiting (and hopefully celebration because woohoo! accomplishment should be celebrated) we can relax into Him, wait for Him, and be renewed by the work he is constantly doing around us. I hope we can be still and rest assured that while we wait on him, He is at work in us.
There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Hebrews 4: 9-10
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14