This weekend was full of graduations and parties.
My brother graduated from college and Joel's sister graduated from high school.
We are so proud of both of them. They have accomplished so much and are really seeking God as they plan for their futures.
My eyes flooded with tears at one point during the high school graduation. The tears just kept coming and coming and they wouldn't stop. I couldn't help but feel so sad that we would never be sitting through Cora's graduation. I sat there wondering what Cora would have been like. What would she have accomplished during high school? What would her talents and passions have been? What would her character have been like?
That evening I sat and cried to Joel as I told him about all these dreams that I had for Cora that are crushed. I would never get to see my baby grow up and graduate. While Joel was feeling sad for the same reasons that day, he gently reminded me of something. He reminded me that Cora already has been promoted. Her promotion to heaven is so much more incredible than any high school graduation I could dream up for her here on earth. She is in the best place she could be--in the arms of our Savior.
But it still stinks to be left here without Cora. Feeling at times like we are barely surviving. While it was Cora's time to go home, it is not ours yet. God hasn't completed His work in our lives. So we keep pressing forward. Resting in His sovereignty even when we don't understand. And looking to see how we can live for Him even in the midst of grief--until the day when we too receive our "heavenly promotion".
Many are the plans in a man's heart,
but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.
To man belong the plans of the heart,
but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue...
In his heart a man plans his course,
but the Lord determines his steps.