Today I finished college. For two hours, I wrote everything I knew about Sub-Saharan African History. I gave the professor my blue book, packed my bags, and for the last time, I walked out of Brock Hall. I halfway expected Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” to start blaring over a loudspeaker in the sky. “School’s out for summer. School’s out forever.” Nope, I unceremoniously walked up Cardiac Hill and back to my dorm in Lockmiller. A familiar walk. Today it was different. And yet, it was exactly the same.
Today I finished college. On Saturday I graduate. On Sunday, college will be over, and life will go on. I’ve struggled to think of words to say that could perfectly commemorate this special time. I have none.
Today I finished college. This weekend I get to celebrate that with some of my best friends, some of whom I have walked through life with for over ten years, and some who I met in the last 6 months. When I look around at the people that have been through this journey with me, I cannot help but to think of how gracious God has been to me.
Today I finished college. Later this month I will hop on a plane and move to Seattle for the summer, where I get to be an intern at an awesome church and serve alongside one of my best and oldest friends.
Today I finished college. This fall, I will be in Knoxville, TN. I will be 99 miles closer to my incredible girlfriend. I have been given an opportunity to serve at another wonderful church as a middle school intern, a challenge that I await with eager expectation.
The Lord has been so good to me. Not because I believe that he has showered me with blessings for being a “good” Christian. But because repeatedly, through the people around me and the opportunities I have been given, He has showered me with grace amidst all of my failures. I am so undeserving, and He is so merciful. My prayer is that when the blessings do not seem so abundant, that I would continue to look at the Father who loves me and know that he is so merciful, and gracious, and good.
I am sure there are more reflections to come. But for right now, this is where I am. Today I finished college.