Every now and then you realize that you have come full circle. You find yourself at the exact same place where you years ago, yet you have a new perspective or out look on the situation at which you find yourself. In the words of a great, humble philosopher, I have experienced de’ja vu.
This last weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to see my nephew, Walter, graduate from High School. He graduated from Temple Christian School in Palatka, Fl. Walter graduated college prepatory and his graduating class had only 2 students. He is planning on going into the National Guard and making a career of the Army. He scored high on the entrance tests that he took when he enlisted which indicated that he can eventually go to officer’s school. I am so proud of him. He has grown up to be a fine, christian young man. He has great hopes and dreams. He is a great kid.
Again as I ramble you might want to know where the de’ja vu comes from now. Walter graduated from the same school that my sister and I did. He is actually the “first” second-generation graduate of the school. As I was sitting in the auditorium waiting for the graduation services to start, I had the weird feeling that something was oddly familiar. I walked down the same aisle 19 years ago. Yikes! did I say 19? It really doesn’t seem that long ago. I watched as former classmates and teachers came in the auditorium. Some had changed little and some a lot. Some had the same smiling faces I remember back then. I saw my best friend who I have been friends with since the 3rd grade. Her kids go to school there also. The pastor and principal of the school was the same with the exception of a few gray hairs. He treated me the same as he always had with a joke and a smile. Bro. Ed Wilds just loved to give me a hard time in school. I guess I provided him with much amusement over the years.
I would venture to say this is a little of what others feel like when face with a high school reunion. There was a “whopping” 8 in my graduating class. We could meet for supper at the Golden Corral if I knew where any of them were, but as time passed I lost track of them. We all go back home from time to time, but this was different. I began to look at my life from different angles trying to find perspective on what I have accomplished within the last 19 years. Most graduates write down or tell others what they plan to accomplish with their life. I even have my speech I gave at my graduation. (Who was that girl anyway?)
Tragedies, turn of events, college, and/or career can change us into the person we are today. The things that happen in our lives can be accepted positivity or negatively. Life can mold and shape us beyond what we can think or even imagine, yet there are a few constants that we can hold on to.
- I have a God who is faithful.
- I have a God who loves me.
- I have a God who hears me when I call.
- I have a God who is everything I will ever need.
- I have a God who is always there no matter how far I go from home.
These are my constants. I can rely on them. I think that girl back then is still apart of me today. The one who feels deeply and loves to have fun. I have have definitely learned a lot since 1988, and I am glad. God is still teaching me today, as he did back then. He is teaching me today that I need to look back and cherish the memories, but don’t stay there long. I have a great amount of things that need my attention today. I need to remember he has plan for me to do at this time in my life. Cling to my constants. Have hope and look for Christ’s coming. Cram today full of all that God has for me to do.
We all may have the opportunity to go back and remember how far we have come. It’s a part of life. I may even get to experience de’ja vu all over again. 🙂 My niece graduates in few years. Yikes for me again! It doesn’t make any difference how far I go from time to time I will hear the echoes of those beloved folks….
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