Sometimes in my job I end up doing something I don’t normally get to do. Today’s unique task? I’m running sound for an elementary school graduation taking place right here in our church sanctuary. Names are read off, pictures are snapped and pieces of paper are given. Fifth grade graduation is like high school graduation, only the people are a bit smaller. Plus, I’m guessing that these kids are better at parsing verbs than I am. In fact, I don’t even know what that means.
We walk past a milestone in the moment and often have no idea how big of a deal it is. Looking back, my life has been filled with milestones — special events, times, places, people — that at the time seemed so mundane but now are at the top of my “big deal” list. It all boils down to this: some milestones are seen for miles, and others jump out at you in the moment, like the haunted boat ride at the fair. We have no idea the opportunities that have been carved out for us by the incredible sovereignty of God, things that He knows far in advance that will be turning points for our Spiritual journey.
I didn’t realize it until too long ago, but I think I’m passing a milestone right now, spiritually speaking. The Lord is teaching me and showing me how in the past 2 years He was wisely putting milestones past me and/or me past milestones to get me ready for whatever is next.
For many of these graduates, this is a big day that will probably mean more to them years from now than it does today. And you can’t blame them for it, since perspective comes over time. It’s that whole “hindsight is 20/20” thing.