Summer’s End- Moving On Toward Another Milestone!
This post is dedicated to my beautiful grand daughter, Amber. It is about reaching one major milestone in her life- HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION and getting ready to start college, the next milestone in her young life.
When I thought about the word ‘milestones’ in life, I thought about how Joshua told the children of Israel to take 12 stones, one for each tribe, from the Jordan River to make a stone memorial to mark their crossing over into the Promised Land. Later, when their children would ask them about the pile of stones they would tell them,
“Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land. For the Lord your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over: That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever.” (Joshua chapter 4)
Although graduating from high school cannot in any way compare with the mighty deliverance of God’s people from Egyptian bondage and their crossing into the land of Canaan, high school graduation also marks reaching a significant milestone that would be forever memorialized. Folks who live here on our small island state often talk about which school and class they graduated from and class reunions are ‘must attend’ events. Older folks of my dad’s generation sometimes share about whether they finished high school or not, some having to quit school to work or care for younger siblings. So reference to high school, whether one graduates or not, marks an important time in life with respect to what happened before and after that time in life. It is somewhat like that stone memorial to never be forgotten.
Watching my grand daughter grow up into a young woman has been a blessing to all of us in her family. She loves the Lord who has given her beauty and many talents: she played basketball through high school and scored tons of points; her surfing photo was featured in “Surfing becomes new high school sport” in her school paper; she is a graceful hula dancer and musician; she loves nature and is quite a fisherman; she has an amazing sense of humor and enjoys doing videos of herself and her friends; besides all that she’s respectful and loving, etc., etc., etc. (ALL grandparents boast about their grandchildren!)
These photos mark her last summer as a high schooler, reaching her first milestone of graduating from high school. That is why school graduations are called Commencement exercises. It is the beginning of another phase in one’s life. In a few days, she’ll be moving on to her college career, the next big milestone! With God’s help Amber has come a long way and He will go with her to college as she goes forth to the next milestone, and whatever the future holds for her!
Posted on August 9, 2012, in About Me And My Family and tagged basketball, college, Commencement exercises, fisherman, High school graduation, hula, humor, Jordan River, Joshua, last summer, milestone, stone memorial, surfing. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.