And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

What fun we had, as a family, celebrating Kate’s graduation from college. We rented an AirBnb house overlooking the Pacific Ocean that had room for all of us to stay in. My youngest grandgirlie, Sabrina, loves it when everyone is together. After a year of COVID separation, this time was especially sweet.

Kate attended Point Loma Nazarene University and managed to complete four years of school in three. She was scheduled to go to Oxford University for a semester in her Junior year but COVID cancelled those plans. So she just kept going to school, taking classes online, whenever she could, so that she could get it all done quickly. And she graduated summa cum laude. (You can tell that I’m a proud Nana.)

While we were there, Kate and Sabrina took an hour to go climbing. Kate has a membership at a local gym where she works out several times a week. Sabrina is eight and loves climbing on the walls at the playground so was thrilled that big cousin, Kate, set up this adventure. The pictures I have of Sabrina at the top of the wall are enough to make your heart stop. Kate was her anchor at the top and she had a harness but I’m glad I wasn’t there to watch. Both girls came home beaming.

The next day, Sabrina came to me and told me how much her hands and arms were aching and hurting. I asked her if it was fun. Her smile said it all as she replied that it was so worth it as she shook those little hands in an effort to let go of some of pain. It was a memory she will never forget.

Sometimes hard work shows up in physical pain or long hours behind a book. Both stretch the body and the mind. God has given us the ability to endure and succeed so that His will is accomplished. We can trust Him to lead us to the next handhold or footstep on the path He wants us to follow. Just don’t give up.