Sunday, 22 April 2012

Annal 155: Tale from a Finish Line of Sorts

Yesterday I crossed a finish line of sorts.  You see, I went to the university and wrote this Geography exam.  The thing about this exam was that it was my last one for the semester.  Which means it was the last one for my degree.  Which means I finally have a Bachelor of Arts degree.

I left the university, walked out to my car, got in and suddenly found myself laughing and dancing from my seat.  This has felt like a long process.  This degree has been eight years in the making.  Some of those were years of full-time classes, some of part-time classes, and some where I worked ot save money.  There were hard times and not-so-hard times.  There were times when I laughed harder than I ever thought possible.  There were also times when I thought the tears would never stop.  At some points I was convinced I was never going to survive.  At other moments it seemed as if my joy was complete.

As I got in my car and drove away from the university, embarking on the four and a half hour drive back to my parents' place with a car full of boxes and suitcases I couldn't help but smile.  That which had seemed so far off, at times unattainable, was done.

Talking with a friend yesterday it really struck me just how faithful God has been.  All the times I thought I would fail, all the times I did fail, He was my strength.  He carried me.  He got me through.  In the morning I was lying on my couch, feeling overwhelmed.  The grief associated with leaving friends behind, studying for my final exam, and just playing the waiting game about which school will accept me for next year... all of it was building up.  As I rested my head against the back of the couch I had an image.  It was an image of my resting on the lap of my Father, His arms holding me close while He whispered to me, "It's going to be okay.  It's going to be okay."

And it is.  I look at all God has brought me through and I know that He will get me through the rest.  Will that make it easy?  No.  Will it be fun?  Probably not.  But He is faithful.  And He is good.  And thanks to Him I can officially sign my name with a BA at the end.  Thanks to Him I have crossed one of many finish lines.


  1. Congratulations! I pray that God continues to bless and strengthen you. May I also add that you look beautiful in that picture.

    1. Thank you! It has been a long road, but a good road :)

  2. Congratulations, you must be so happy