By Conference Minister Diane Weible
I write this from Oregon where I am anticipating my youngest child’s college graduation in just a few days.
Yesterday morning I read the Still Speaking Daily Devotional to him as we drove to take care of some errands. If you did not have a chance to read yesterday’s devotional, it was written by Rev. Tony Robinson and was entitled “Transitions.”
It begins with:
Spring, it sometimes seems, is one transition after another.
Graduations. It went by so quickly.
A job change. Will I be up to it?
A move. Everything is different here.
Retirement. I can’t wait. I’m terrified.
Border crossings. Fleeing, no guarantees.
It goes on to say later:
In transition, we are vulnerable in new ways. Naked, metaphorically speaking. “What and whom can I hold onto?” “Who, or what, holds onto me?”
And it ends with a promise:
Ours is a God who knows the journey, who is on the move, who goes ahead of us to Galilee. You will be upheld. You will be sustained, in your going out and coming in, by the mercies of God. Trust this.
Tuesday evening, at a dinner for his education cohort, the professor shared an image from the movie “Moana” in which Moana is holding up her hand to look at the stars that will guide her on her journey. The point of the metaphor was that the stars are like God—ever constant and always to be counted on when we are moving and transitioning and trying to find our way.
This devotional and the professor’s sharing are both good advice for graduates. They are also good advice for the rest of us who are experiencing changes in our life or just trying to stay on course as our boat shakes and bobs in the waves of life. The world around us might be changing and the earth under our feet may feel unstable but we can count on God always being right there—patiently waiting for us to turn and see that we are not alone; ready to offer the support and strength we need most; an ever-present help.