But your graduation looks different than those who came before you.
While they smiled for pictures and tossed their caps, you’re sitting at home watching a short commencement speech in your childhood bedroom. And yes… that kind of sucks. But please never forget this… Your graduation day is canceled, but you still graduated. Even though there is no ceremony, celebrate how far you have come. Celebrate what you accomplished.
But hold tight to the truth that your best days are yet to come. God’s going to use this for His glory…if you trust Him on His path.
Proverbs 16:9 says “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”
You made your plans, but God lead you to His purpose.
And you can be disappointed. But still celebrate.
Today you may not know why He lead you to a zoom call for graduation, but I have a feeling five years from now when you talk about your canceled graduation you’ll see that this canceled graduation made you appreciate your accomplishment more.
You will realize life isn’t about one celebration, but celebrating through your purpose. You may still wish you heard a commencement. You may still be bummed you never tossed your cap. You may still wish there was a chance to say goodbye in person to your professors. But you’ll also see that God used the twists and the turns to lead you to where you were meant to be. This canceled graduation grew you in wisdom and reminded you that your purpose it to trust Him even in the confusion.
Celebrate what God has done by giving Him your “next”. Your “next” is the days that happen after you graduate. Living for your Creator in your next is more fulfilling than any graduation party, formal, prom, or last call at a bar. Living for your Creator leads you to a knowledge of why you were created.
And your best days were never meant to be a day… but rather a purpose.
And your purpose is to love, not to understand. Your purpose is to celebrate every day, not just one day. Your purpose is to walk in life with your Savior by your side, not walk a single walk on a stage.
Believe me when I say you will do bigger things than graduate, if you worship your big Savior. Is this a big disappointment? Yes. But your big Savior has bigger plans. Love Him, find your purpose, and trust Him.
So do yourself a favor, celebrate what God has done. Look at your feet. God got you this far. You’ve made it through 100% of every “hard day”. You made it through the tears, mistakes, and failures in your last 4 years. If He got you this far, why don’t you trust Him? Your purpose is to love and trust Him even when your plans fall apart. Your plans will fall apart more in your future days.
The most important lesson you can take away from this graduation cancelation is that God is good at being God. He wants what is best for you. Sometimes life sucks and seems unfair, but trials always prepare us for a testimony. God wants to use you. God wants bigger things for you than a graduation ceremony. And you best days don’t end upon graduation, they truly begin. When you use your education and trials to bring Him glory, you find purpose.
You can be sad and disappointed, but trust Him and eagerly walk the course He planned for you.
God got you this far, why don’t you trust Him with both the end of this chapter, and your “next”?
(I write a bunch of articles on my website here http://www.gracevalentine.org, wrote a book and have another one coming out soon, I would love for you to connect with me on instagram for more content and info at @thegracevalentine . Corona has as a writer put me in a harder place financially so a simple follow would be a blessing right now.)
Photocred: picture of Caroline Cash (my new roomie wasup), taken by North FL Photographer MadisonShea_photography , she is booking grads till the end of June