“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NAB)
I had waited impatiently for my high school graduation since freshman year. As the day drew near, my excitement mounted. I was insanely excited to be done with high school. I was happy to end, what I considered, the worst four years of my life. I was delighted to be able to move on to better things. I was ready to make my escape, ready to be free.
When the actual day arrived, however, I was greatly saddened. Suddenly, I was faced with the reality of the situation: that I would probably never see my classmates again. This filled me with unexpected grief. I had shared four years of my life with these people. We had had remarkable experiences, gone on crazy adventures, and made a life time of memories together. Indeed, my classmates had helped shape me into the person I am today. I had shared the last four years of my life with them. How was I supposed to just walk away and never see them again? Faced with so many goodbyes all at once, my excitement dimmed, and sorrow sunk in.
Graduation was a bittersweet time for me. Sorrow and joy battled for dominance in my heart. My sorrow was deep, but I was determined that joy would win. In the end, joy did win. I was able to surrender my sorrows and fears to the Lord and He turned them into intense joy. I know God has great plans in store for my future. I just need to trust in Him.
Casey Dettwyler is from the beautiful sate of Oregon. She was raised in the same small town as her parents and grandparents before her. Casey loves all things summer: sunshine, swimming, flip flops, ice cream cones, sleeping under the stars. Her favorite past time is getting lost in a good book but she also loves to write. Her best friend, hero, and king is Jesus Christ and she strives to live every day to bring Him glory. In August, she is heading down to Holy Spirit College in GA where she will study education and theology. (read more…)