Today, I graduated from college. It has been a long journey, but an amazing one that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. I’ve cultivated new friendships, grew in who I am, and had some unforgettable experiences. Now, I’m a girl with a degree. I just wanted to stop and take a moment and give God glory for this incredible accomplishment.
Let me start from the beginning.
When I was younger, I wanted to be just like my cousin Scott, who kept a high GPA throughout high school and earned several scholarships for college. My parents told me if I worked hard like he did, I would receive scholarships too. With the strong desire in my heart, I claimed I would do it too. I would go to college and not worry about loans. (I never wanted to be in debt.)
Throughout high school, I didn’t worry about paying for college– somehow I just knew that God would take care of it for me. I worked hard to keep my grades up and I graduated in the top ten percentile. In return, I was blessed with scholarships and grants.
Fast forward four and a half years. I am a college graduate. And I am here, debt free. Never had to take a student loan– not even when I went to England for a study abroad program. Can we just give God a round of applause?
I didn’t get to where I am now on my own. God made a way for me. Family and friends helped me. If it ever seemed like I wouldn’t be able to do something, someone stepped in and lent a hand. Y’all, I have been so so so blessed.
College is something I’ve always had faith in God for. I just knew that He would be looking out for me. It’s kind of funny, to think about. If I can believe in God for something (not having any debt) that so many others can’t even fathom, then why don’t I always have that doubtless faith in other areas of my life? I truly need to work on that.
The music department at my school did a rendition of Andra Day’s “Rise Up” for our commencement ceremony. The lyrics were so fitting. “But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet and move mountains.” “All we need is hope.” With God and a little hope and faith, I was able to move mountains. (Matthew 17:20) How awesome is that?
He sure is a good, good Father.
“How can I repay the Lord for all the good He has done for me?” (Psalm 116:12 HCSB)
With love and grace, let us continue to move mountains.