As twenty-somethings, we are very familiar with transitions and definitive endings. We have gone through elementary and middle school to four years of high school, to graduate and then go to four years (hopefully) of undergrad, to graduate and begin careers or, for some of us, pursue graduate programs that similarly involve another transition or another pre-determined block of time allotted for our respective goals. Aside from school and work, many of us are in serious relationship, everyone, seemingly, is getting engaged and married, and, Lord help us, some twenty-somethings are even having kids. We are in our decade of continual transitions and changes, both exciting and terrifying.
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
In a conversation today, I made a remark about entering a career (teaching) that I will be in for the rest of my life (in some capacity, at least). My own statement caught me off guard. I have never been in a stage that I would be in “for the rest of my life.” For as long as some stages seemed to drag on, there has always been an end in sight. While I anticipate many more transitions and changes coming, none of them will be as set or predetermined as the past 23 years have been. My transitions and changes will be more of my own doing.
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Within the next few months, I will be moving twice, graduating with my Master’s and leaving the university at which I have spent the last five years and which I love dearly. I will be leaving a town that, for all the fun we poke at it, has a special place in my heart. I will be starting my teaching career, where I do not know yet. The transitions, changes, and unknowns are coming quickly. With all of this, I am ever so grateful for the provision and friendships God has blessed me with so far, and I am so comforted by His faithfulness.
“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have need Thy hand hath provided —
“Great is Thy Faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!