Full Circle Moments


full circleI’m entering into the phase of life when I can see things happen in their complete cycle.

Sometimes those full-circle moments come as a shock while others are anticipated.

A few weeks ago I sat in a crowded gymnasium with hundreds of gawking parents, waiting for our 6th graders to perform in their first music concert of the year.

As I peered through my phone’s camera, it hit me.

Twelve years ago I stood in front of my own choir, students and their parents and announced that we were expecting our first child. Now, here he was singing with his choir and I couldn’t stop smiling.

 

Today I drove to the airport to pick up my parents. They were able to catch an early flight in hopes of seeing my grandmother before she leaves this earth.

I’ve spent hours with my grandparents as they manage this final phase of life.

I’ve listened to my grandpa say “she’s leaving me” and “I just want the Lord to let me go with her”.

We come into this world completely dependent on others and my grandmother is now lying in a bed, completely dependent on her caregivers.

 

75 years ago my grandparents said, “for better or worse, in sickness and in health, till death do us part”. Their full circle moment has come and the strength of their love is almost tangible.

The hospice nurse delivered the news that grandmother has 3-5 days left on earth. I have a strong feeling their love will ensure they aren’t separated for long. I hope they are dancing in the streets of heaven together soon.  For now, grandmother will get the party started and she’ll have the best full circle moment of all – from the day she gave her heart to the Lord until she sees Him face to face. She has lived a life committed to Christ and God has been faithful.

 

What about you? Are you experiencing a full circle moment? Are you hoping a situation comes to an end?

We’re all at a different point in our journey. Each of us taking the next step and hopefully having time to look back long enough to appreciate where we’ve been and enjoy where we’re going.

My dad said it best this evening as we prayed together: “Sometimes it’s difficult to truly pray ‘Thy will be done'”… but we can trust God and His timing.

His ways are not like ours and that’s a good thing.  God loves us and is with us from beginning to the end – each moment along the way. :o)

 

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…

I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time.

He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.

That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.

I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it.

Ecclesiastes 3

 

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