By: Leslie B. Williamson
I am a very proud grandma and I can’t stop smiling! Four years ago, our next to oldest grand graduated from Olympic High School in Charlotte, NC. He was/is our sweet boy that we raised and poured into. Our eyes filled with tears at the thought of him entering into the adult world. Fast forward to 2020 where we have two grands walking the stage to receive their access to adulthood.
The fact that it all took place during this quarantine made it even more moving and once again, my husband and I were moved to tears during the ceremony.
Madi was a dynamic cheerleader and had a spectacular experience excelling in competitions like a boss. We have gone to basketball games only to see her shake, rattle and roll and scream her name as she popped her skirt and completed her toe touches. Justin, as some of you know was a distinguished and gifted football player for my alma mater. You may have seen him on the elevator doors at CPRMC or in the newspaper. He made tremendous accomplishments in his high school football career and we are most proud of both of their success and resilience. What is even more gratifying is how we see the footprints of all the things we have taught them all their lives. Putting God first.
They are both arrows in our quiver that are ready to go forth and do the will of Yahuah (God). The scriptures say in Psalm 127:4-5, “Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.”
I had the opportunity to have a one on one talk with Justin one afternoon and we had the best time. We talked about him getting ready to move away from home for the very first time and how he felt about it. I reminded him of the story his papa told him many times about his first time away from home when he went away to college. He said that he went upstairs to his room with a cake that his mom had made and his belongings and when he looked out the window, his parents were pulling off. He told us how he cried…while eating cake!
From the time our children and grandchildren were born, they have been poured into. Some things they will get immediately and some things they will get later on down the road, but rest assured, those seeds that were planted in them will grow by way of our prayers. It may look like one thing, but at the end of the day if we don’t give up, they will reach their target with precision and accuracy.
Through prayer, we can speak death to the bad seeds that may have infiltrated their way in. Remember the power of life and death is in our tongue as a believer. Then speak life to the seeds that lie dormant that are waiting to bring forth good fruit in your loved one’s life.
It’s hard to “let go” of our babies when they reach a certain milestone, but we must do what is required for them to succeed. When we thought they were babies and sent them to kindergarten, we found they had the ability to learn and make friends and trust others that groomed them. We must continue to do the same when they graduate into adulthood. When do according to scripture, when we train them up in the way they should go, they won’t depart and if they stray, they will return.
We must trust that God will keep them and nurture those seeds we have planted that will take them to where they need to be in the next phase of their journey. Yah bless the graduating class of 2020.