For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Today my first baby graduates from high school.
She wants to go on to college to become an elementary teacher.
She has known this since she was a toddler – that desire to teach – to impact lives.
She’s had her plans, made them, and is following after them. Dreams and plans.
But she follows after Jesus even more. She knows that plans can change unexpectedly too. She’s willing to bend if so needed. She’s willing to dream big dreams, but place her hope and trust in our sovereign Lord.
I am so proud of my beautiful Jessica Jane. I am so proud of her for so very many things. But if I had to choose what I am most proud of – most grateful for – most blessed by – aside from her salvation and love of Jesus, it would be her commitment to walk in His ways. To walk in His truth. To walk in His light.
And to share that with others.
Today my baby will “walk” the graduation walk. She will walk into the next phase of her life and educational endeavors. This walk is not a symbol of her stepping away from her family, or stepping out alone into this world. Because one thing is not changing on graduation day for Jessie J….and it’s the one thing that is most important – that’s her walk with Jesus and her desire to walk in His truth.
I celebrate my beautiful daughter today and her accomplishments. I celebrate who she is. But I am so filled with joy that she wants to follow after the way, the truth, and the life that Jesus is no matter where she is in life.
Congratulatons Jessie J! On your graduation from high school, and for having your feet firmly planted in the truth of our unchanging God no matter where you’ve been, where you’re at, or where you may go.
We love you.
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4