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Topic: DIARY (05/16/19)
- TITLE: The Journal of Hope
By Tricia Draper
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“Mom, it’s okay. You may be sad, but I am so ready to be out of school. Only six more days! I’m so excited.” Logan was beaming. I was not.
“Is it really only six more days? We have been so busy with banquets and special senior events that I haven’t even been counting. We still have 5 more celebrations to get through.” I was overwhelmed.
“Mom, it’s a good thing that I’m going away because now you and Dad will have more time together. Besides it’s only four and a half hours away. You can still come see me.” He thought he was comforting me, but I lost it again at four and a half hours.
“I’m sorry about all the tears, Logan,” I said as I wiped my eyes. “I really am excited for you. I can’t wait to see the man you become at college. It’s just hard because you are my only child and my life is going to change drastically.” I let out a heavy sigh.
Logan came over and put his arms around me. “Mom, I love you. I’m a little scared, too, but remember what God told you in one of your journals? He said that you had to let me go for me to fail so that I can learn to lean on Him, and succeed so that I can learn to praise Him.”
I was surprised he had listened when I told him that. It’s hard to argue with something God told me, so I just sat back and accepted the hug. “Do you know how awesome you are, Logan?” I asked as I pulled back from the hug. “You are amazing. That is what even your teachers have said to me over the past few weeks. You are a true man of God, and I’m so glad that He chose me to be your Mother. I love you more.” I was truly in awe of not only Logan, but God as well.
“No way, Mom, I love you more! Now, I have to go meet my friends. See you later,” Logan said, as he picked up his keys and walked out the door.
“Ok, God, now it’s Your turn,” I said aloud. I picked up my diary, or journal as I call it, and started to write. “Thank You, Lord, for today. Wow, what a day! My emotions are all over the place. Logan reminded me that there are only 6 more days of school until his graduation. I am trying to keep up a good face, but I can’t help but cry. I know I need to focus on what I have and not what I am losing. Help me, Lord. I love You. Thank You. Amen!
I wrote down the words I felt God say in my spirit. “I know you are sad, but you need to trust Me. I love Logan more than you do. Look ahead to his future. He will be more prosperous in this coming time than he ever was in the past. He has a close relationship with Me and we will go far together. You will gain more than you will ever lose. I promise. I love you and will never leave or forsake either of you. He is in good hands. Trust Me.”
As I sat back and read those words again, I realized that I need to have hope and joy for the future and not sadness for the past or present. God reminded me that Logan was special. I know that he can soar with my motivation and God’s presence.
(Based on a true story)
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