I know a guy who is ready for his graduation, but praying for a miracle so it doesn't happen.
There are a number of us who are also praying it doesn't happen yet.
This graduation is not from high school or college to the so-called "real world," but from this life on earth to an eternal one in Heaven.
Oh, he's ready to meet his maker, ready for eternity. But he's praying for a miracle to release him from the terminal cancer that has gripped his body.
You see, he wants to be able to share with others what God is doing in his life. Despite the disease that afflicts him, a visit to encourage him actually leaves you feeling just as encouraged, or even more so.
"I'm blessed!" he says with a big smile when you check in on him. Share an encouraging scripture, and he's just as likely to share with you a Bible verse God's put on his heart lately.
In short, visits with him are uplifting and make you want to join him even more in praying for a miracle.
Our God is capable of great miracles...our friend's contentment at this stage of life is no small wonder in itself.
His confidence in his eternal fate, and his readiness to meet his Savior are more than encouraging. They remind me this world is indeed not our home. We're just passing through on to something much better that awaits.
That awesome day on the coast? That first step, first day of school for your child? That promotion or recognition at school or work?
Those are wonderful experiences, memorable.
But they are just a small glimpse of the joy that awaits us in Heaven. My friend is ready for all of that.
In the next few days there will be hundreds of graduates in the Lower Valley. I'm praying my friend won't be one of them.