I’m not done yet

I am amazed at how a picture can tell a story with just a glimpse.  This picture, the moment I saw it, caused me to pause.  It wasn’t because of the background of the beach, although I absolutely love the beach.  It wasn’t the sunset with it’s beautiful orange glow, even though orange is my favorite color.  It wasn’t even how the person pictured seems to be walking into the light, which is really fascinating.  It was the feeling of opportunity that encapsulated the picture.  It said to me, “I’m not done yet.”  David Cain had posted this on his social media page and it remained in the back of my mind for quite a while, always there speaking to me.  As I finished my oral defense for my Doctor of Ministry degree, I felt a sigh of relief and a sense of completion.  I had finally reached this pinnacle, a mountain which I had climbed but had slipped more than I would like to admit – beaten and battered.  It was a climb I found great beauty along the way, but many rough patches that proved quite painful.  For my graduation present, I told Wendy I wanted a copy of this picture.  As you can see, she talked to David and got it for me.  Today, as I hold it, I hear the same message, “I’m not done yet.”  I may be finished with school.  I have achieved the degree.  But this is not the end.  God has so many more adventures planned and I can’t wait to see what’s next.  I am not walking into the light as a completion, but I am walking towards THE LIGHT in order to follow God.  I am captivated by the beauty of God’s creation.  I am overwhelmed by his all-encompassing love.  And I am surprised that he still invites me to come closer.  I want to simply walk in the light.

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