The school year at Charis Bible College has ended. Our third year class graduated on the 10th. On Saturday morning we enjoyed a grand promotional breakfast for those who completed 1st year and, in the afternoon the 2nd year graduates celebrated. Students are thrilled to have finished their studies. For each it is a victory, but not the end.
No one wants to leave behind the good things we’ve experienced. Lessons taught and special memories are ours to keep. Still walking away from the loving environment and the individuals who have been part of this unique community is difficult.
In the time of transition I see us standing at a mid point, one arm stretching back to where we’ve been, the other stretching out to grasp the Lord’s. With joy He anticipates what He has next for each one. We’re unable to move at all until we loosen our grip on what’s familiar and safe and step out into His amazing plan.
Romans 12:1 and 2 are verses we’ve heard many times in classes at Charis. God’s perfect will for each individual becomes clear as we let go of our agendas and let Him guide us into the next stage of our lives, futures we could never orchestrate or even imagine.
Removed from the Charis bubble, now, more than ever, we need to constantly focus on Him to withstand what the enemy attempts to slip into our own natural minds or through the ungodly thinking and responses of others.
The branches on some of the aspens here are bare. Others have leaves beginning to unfurl. Still others have leaves fully open. Proverbs 11:30 says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life.” (KJV) The incorruptible seed of God’s Word deposited within us cannot fail to produce.
Ones with whom we share the message of faith and grace may begin to realize how good God is – like the aspen leaf just beginning to open. As they discern the enemy’s lies and the truth of the Gospel, they are free to receive the abundant life Christ offers each of us – like the leaves that open fully to light and warmth. While we choose to release our hold on what is comfortable and move forward guided by the Holy Spirit, our lives will bear fruit for God’s Kingdom in ways beyond what we can begin to imagine.