Tonight our youngest son graduated high school. Big night for our family. Proud of our son. Proud of these graduating Seniors.

Now what? What for him? What for us? What’s the future gonna look like?

I think the most famous verse in the bible on the future might be found in Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

It’s a great verse that fills me with hope at this particular time. But I think our real future might be influenced even more by the verse that follows.

It says, “12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Our son Peter’s future will be greatly influenced by how he seeks the Lord those first few weeks as a college freshman.

And how Jane and I handle "empty nest” will be determined by how we call upon the Lord, pray to Him together, and seek His heart for this new season in our lives.

Not sure all the future holds, but I am sure that we serve a God who loves us, listens to us and is both personally and intimately involved in our lives.

I intend to draw very close to Him in this year of great transition and change for our family.

Think I’ll sleep just fine tonight.

Joe McKinney