Friday, July 23, 2010

Reunion and a New Beginning

There's a class reunion this weekend. It includes my class and many others. I've seen some write about losing weight. Some are planning "to be carried away". Some may or may not be there. There are those that are super excited to see everyone and those that simply don't care and won't show up. Many have previous plans and won't be able to attend and then there are those that are no longer with us. Lots of things have happened during those 28 years. We've lost classmates. I've witnessed hurting and pain that some have suffered. Some have watched one another's children grow up. Lots of variables surrounding the event. I personally am on the fence. Where does one fit into your graduating class after 28 years? Most relationships are lost. Few things remain as they were 28 years ago. We've all changed in some way or another. I've witnessed first hand on facebook how some have changed. I'm in awe of the talents of some of our classmates. We have musicians, artists, medical professionals, photographers, teachers, accountants, stay at home moms (I most certainly do recognize that as a career), and many I'm not even certain what they do. But we all grew up. We all made choices.

I'm reminded that God did not create each of us the same. He created each and every one of us in His image, but not identical. He did not gift each of us with the same talents and spiritual gifts. We are different yet He loves us the same. He has painted a beautiful picture that we are all a part of. We will greet one another and brag about our children (yes mine are the most beautiful and special one's created!)maybe about our cars (proud to be a minivan mom) or our jobs. We will all be in different aspects of life. Some are riding motorcyles, some are raising babies, some will be working more than one job while others are already retired. One thing is for certain there is a time for everthing. Ecc. 3:1
There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.
Another promise is that God knew the plans and continues to the know the plans He has for us. Jer. 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

So I will go to the reunion. I will see faces I won't be able to put names with. I'll remember names and think "no way" not them. I'll remember some days I would rather forget and days that I'm still thankful for. I'll just be me.

Leaving the reunion and heading on to a new adventure. We have a prospective Pastor coming this weekend. He has heard the call from God and our committee believes he is the man that God has prepared us for. What an exciting time in our church. We have been without a Senior Pastor for close to three years. Our church has been pruned, but we have most certainly persevered. God has seen us through this time and we look forward to serving beside Jeff and Dawn.

This weekend takes me back 28 years and forward to an undetermined time. Praising God for all things under heaven.

Love you all,



4 J's said...

Praying for you guys on Sunday! Excited about what the Lord has in store for that precious church.

SurvivorDiane said...

Thanks Jennifer.