At the beginning of the summer – upon realizing that this summer would be my last before adulthood – I titled a draft post 'best summer yet'.
Call me crazy if you like, but it's like I just knew this summer was going to be amazing. Don't get me wrong – every summer is special. There's something special in every day if you know where to look for it.
But this was different. In late May to early June, I had this unexplainable feeling that there was going to be things happen between my junior and senior year to forever mark this summer in my memory.
And there was. A whole multitude of happenings and irreplaceable memories. It wasn't all fun and happiness. I laughed and I cried, tears of joy and tears of hurt.
God has been good to me in my seventeen years. I've never experienced terrible hardship. No one in my immediate family or I have been faced with a serious illness. With my dad being a pastor, we've left two churches over the years. Neither time was easy, but we survived them both.
But this summer...it brought about changes and feelings I'd never experienced before, questions coming from deep within that I hadn't even considered.
To be honest, it was frightening at times. I didn't understand what was happening or why. But I know now.
As a dear friend said to me, I grew up this summer. Growing up isn't all fun or easy, but it's a part of life, whether we like to or not. Childhood can only last for a season, before we must spread our wings and fly toward the horizon where our futures await.
I learned many beautiful things this summer. I discovered who I am in Christ – that I am beautiful and precious in His sight, and that above all else, I am His. He has a beautiful plan for my life, a story still in the making.
I'll never forget the summer of 2017, the special moments and special people that made it up. If you only so much as smiled my way, you had a part in that. May God bless you each and every one. <3
School starts next week. My senior year. Two months ago, I was freaking out over this. But now?
I'm ready. I don't know what next year or even next week will bring, but my Heavenly Father knows all that that's enough. He is enough.
And I will always thank Him for giving me my last summer. <3