Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness
while I am here in the land of the living.
Wait patiently for the Lord.
Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
I thank God for allowing me to be a witness that a blessing delayed isn’t always an indication of a blessing denied! In May of 2009 our family’s hearts were broken, just crushed when we learned that my son wasn’t going to be graduating from college as anticipated. Our party plans were senseless, only multiple notes and conversations of regret were the order of the day. Oh, but that wasn’t the end of the story. Apparently classes were missed despite what his academic program card conveyed and thus there was more, much course work yet to be completed. It felt horrible to me, but it must have felt even worse for Michael to be engaged with classmates excited about securing their regalia, class rings, receiving letters of acceptance for graduate school while they enthusiastically planned for summer and fall ventures.
This time friends, my son would have to bite the bullet, display the “stiff upper lip” and share that he’d been delayed with graduation plans for another year. And trust that this was really the truth!
Ever been there?
What must that have been like, to speak those words: “No I’m not graduating yet?” and digest the very essence of that implication! Failure, disappointment must have been ringing in his ears. No one said much, but it was rough on our psyches! And to add insult to injury, more courses, more and more work! The askant glances, wondering stares, voices of predictable doom and our own silent regrets were audible! This was not the emperor’s robe of choice! Was defeat going to be his life’s main appetizer? What must have been Michael’s prayers?
What are your prayers during life’s overwhelming setbacks?
Well just like the admitted doting Mother that I am-my heart ached, tears flowed freely and often, but my prayers never ceased! I spoke life every opportunity, no matter how angry I was. This was only temporary, I remained adamant! My mind kept reeling the tape that hope was alive and well, and God would not abandon my child’s efforts.
Yes sir my friends, it does happen, God allows us to see His goodness in the land of the living! Not only did we witness my son’s commencement, but relished with other parents this 2010 Mother’s Day Weekend was an answer to prayer! I stood unashamedly with outstretched arms among a host of strangers, my husband, father, extended family members and a cloud of witnesses acknowledging God’s faithfulness! It was surreal to be finally witnessing, sharing in each other’s merriment of this long awaited milestone reached! Our loved ones had attained one of their important goals and this was no small fete.
Thank you Holy Ghost, there is real joy seeing God’s hand of deliverance when dreams are finally birthed! My household realizes and Michael can testify that we couldn’t have survived without God’s leading!
Oh it’s a fact that rain storms erupt, thunder frightens and clouds hang heavy and even stir our soul's anguish. Oh indeed; but torrential rains halt and the sun does streak the clouds! I see the rainbow on our horizons. Congratulations to the Class 2010. What a day, what a moment never to be forgotten! Keeping running and reaching towards your mark! We await your testimony!
Expressing Thanksgiving & Joy!
Linda Mose Meadows, Urban Views Inspirational Columnist & Author :
The Blessedness of Believing
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