Class trips. Prom. Pep rallies. Buffet breakfast. Yearbook signing. Hugs. Goodbyes. Graduation.
All the things you were supposed to do, but couldn't.
My heart goes out to you. You’re probably sick of the “I’m sorry's" and the “you’ll get over it's", because this was your time. Your now, your future.
Maybe you're an 8th grade and wanted those last moments to run through your middle school halls, relishing in the age-old smell of Axe body spray that is your scent of superiority. Maybe you’re a freshman, and you’d eagerly awaited the opportunity to perform in your high school marching band spring parade. But now you’ll wait till the tulips bloom again next year. If you’re a sophomore, you were probably preparing to ask that pretty brunette for her number before she left for a whole summer. But now you’ll just have to knock on her door and ask her father instead. Maybe you’re a junior, and you’d warmed the weight bench for two years to hit that ball hard enough to get you that scholarship. But now you hit rocks in your backyard, the pain of what-could-have-been stinging your blood like a strikeout you couldn’t avoid.
We all had to let go of something this season that we didn’t want to. It hurts. I know it does. And it’s okay to be upset, it’s okay to be sad. For a little while.
Some will shake their fists at God in Heaven and say, “why have you done this to me?”
And I imagine God will answer, “Why have I kept you alive? Why have I kept you safe, and healthy, and protected from the sickness of this world? Why, my child? Because I love you.”
One of my favorite lines comes from the film, Good Will Hunting. It’s about a young man who sees only the negative in every situation, and never offers anyone a chance to show him the truth about life. But his mentor, and later, friend, says this: "You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to."
What good stuff in your life did you lose sight of?
For me, I realized how lucky I was to wake up this morning. Some people didn’t get that opportunity. But I know that if God gave me breath, He intends me to use it.
These next few months may not go as we anticipated; we’ll have setbacks and letdowns and frankly a lot of reinventing to do.
Proverbs 19:21 can give our proud shoulders a firm shaking:
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”
God didn’t tell the sickness to attack your hometown. But He did command it to fall short at your doorstep. Psalm 57:1 “I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.”
We are beloved and protected, and preserved for the plans of the Lord. He mourns with you for the lovely sequined blue gown in your closet that never got to dance away the night at prom or grace the steps of the ballroom. But He delights in the joy of your face and gladness in your heart when He sees you walk down the aisle on your wedding day ten years from now. Because you finally got to wear your dress, and it was a future more beautiful than you could ever have imagined.
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