Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Carry On

We attended Commencement at the Air Force Academy last week to celebrate the graduation of our friends' oldest son. As I looked out from the stands over the 812 graduates, I marveled at their huge accomplishment. What an honor for them to get to shake President Obama's hand as they received their diplomas. The camera zoomed in on their smiles as they ran down the ramp from the stage to embrace their classmates, so full of joy. And then came the tradition of tossing their hats in the air for elementary age kids to run and retrieve. David and Daniel were thrilled to participate, with the added excitement of the Thunderbirds zooming overhead at the exact moment that the hats went into the air. Such an awesome opportunity for the graduates to pass on their hats as inspiration to the next generation. Carry on. And set your sights high. 

CJ, Jordan, two of her friends and I climbed the Incline that same evening. I realized soon after we began the steep trek that it might not have been such a good idea for me. Jordan and her friends made it look way too easy and chatted away as they climbed. I was out of breath the entire way and stopped for multiple water breaks, with CJ keeping me company. We met other hikers going up and coming down as the sun began to set. I quickly categorized them into two groups: those who were serious about their speed and did this strenuous activity regularly and those who were just hoping to make it to the top (like me). I appreciated the camaraderie of the second group. “Good job.” “You can do it.” “Almost there.” Passing on inspiration from fatigued fellow travelers. Carry on. These words from strangers and from CJ helped me get to the top. (Coming down after it got dark is another story!)

When the time approached for Jesus to suffer on the cross, he took Peter, James and John with him up the mountain to pray. He was transfigured before their very eyes and then Moses and Elijah appeared in glorious splendor. They talked with Jesus about his departure “which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem.” (Luke 9:31) How awesome that God provided this moment of inspiration for Jesus to carry on with his mission at a time when his disciples couldn't seem to quit arguing over who was the greatest. Here were two on the mountain who could understand and come alongside as the road ahead was becoming steep. And Jesus, even Jesus, would ask if He could turn back.

Carry on.

God provides inspiration from those who have gone before and will walk beside.


(linking up with Velvet Ashes this week on the theme of Carry On)


  1. I like thinking about the Elijah and Moses encouraging Jesus to "carry on" when no one else around understood...

    1. I like that thought too Michele. At least that's the way I imagine it.



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