Graduates have had years of studying and countless struggles in order to get to the joy of this one moment. This moment, filled with clapping and congratulations reminds the new graduate that all of their hard work and effort has paid off.
Many times these same graduates lost sleep, stood in countless lines for everything from registration to financial aid. Unbeknownst to the crowd watching the conferring of diplomas and degrees, these now successful people had moments when they may have considered quitting or changing to a less rigorous major.
Many students can recall overwhelming moments. Overwhelming laundry, overwhelming tuition, overwhelming amount of papers due, overwhelming social issues and yet through it all they came out victorious.
As you look at the faces of graduate on the day of their commencement they are encouraged, glowing and very seldom in this moment do they think of all of the late nights and sacrifices that made the desire to cross the stage a reality.
All of the struggle was worth the joy of this moment and the blessings that are attached to the achievement for years to come.
In life, to a certain extent we are all students. We seek to learn life lessons and pass the tests as they come. We struggle through pop quizzes that life throws our way and seek to answer in the way our teacher, the Lord Jesus Christ has instructed us.
We are challenged and sometimes we may even feel overwhelmed. God has given us the grace to be successful in the midst of our adversity. We have to trust that God has not set us up for failure but rather has positioned us for divine success that empowers us to be graduates on an entirely different level.
When God has reviewed our life’s works, calculated our credits and approved the level to which we have passed our exams – he allows us to transition to Glory.
Graduation is not enjoyed by the people who dropped out – only by the ones who endured the entire process.
This week, take your eyes off the immediate problems you may be facing and begin to think about the reward of your anticipated graduation both natural and eternal when you will be able to rest, celebrate and reflect on the journey and the joy of hearing Him say, “well done.”