I hang my school uniform shirt on a hanger in my closet, realizing that I only have one more week of wearing this uniform. One more week of putting on this shirt that I have complained about on a weekly basis. One more week of walking down these old familiar school hallways. One more week of being a high schooler. This week and next, that’s it. And maybe you don’t wear a school uniform. Maybe you’re ready to leave those old familiar school hallways. But I’m sure that every soon-to-be graduate is having similar feelings about graduating. We are nearing the end of the semester and reality is hitting hard. We are nearing the end of all we’ve ever known. We are about to branch out, each on a different path going different ways. And today as these thoughts began to form in my mind I realized that in just two short weeks, I will be a high school graduate.
This is my two weeks notice.
It feels like it was yesterday when I was graduating from fifth grade, feeling all cool because I was finally in middle school (lol). And then again it feels like I was just a high school freshman, getting excited for a new beginning. Yet time never ceased to pass by. All of these memories are now just that… memories. Part of my past. Never to be lived in again.
If you’re in the same boat as me, this post is for you. As a senior, you have most likely experienced many waves of emotion.
You probably cry A LOT (or maybe that’s just me).
You are experiencing a whole bunch of “lasts”
You are probably starting to grow a little sentimental as you walk through the school hallways.
You may begin to wonder who will continue to be a part of your life after graduation and who will silently slip away.
You are realizing that so many of the things you worried about throughout high school are not actually as important as you thought.
During this time, you are noticing things that you’ve never noticed before.
But I hope and pray that above all of these things, you will realize just how closely God has been to you throughout these years. I pray that God will open your eyes to see that He truly never leaves you and never forsakes you. I pray that God opens your eyes to notice that it was His peaceful presence surrounding you during all the hard days when you wondered where on earth you found the strength to keep going. I pray that you realize that it was Jesus who comforted you during all of the sorrowful moments, catching each tear as they fell. Realize that He was near to you even when you felt like you were alone.
He is working everything for your good (Romans 8:28).
He was with you in your “mountaintop experiences” and he was with you in the valley below.
The truth is, He is the One who was fighting for you (Exodus 14:14). He is the One who provided you with the strength, the peace, the diligence, the comfort, and the perseverance you needed when you couldn’t get there on your own (and if you’re anything like me, that was probably more often than you think). He protected you without sheltering you too much. He allowed you to grow while working all things for your good. He never left your side. He gave you the freedom to make decisions, yet was always ready to come quickly to your aid when you chose the wrong path. God was there in every moment of every day, whether you would like to admit it or not.
And you may not see that now. You may not yet realize just how close God has been. You may still feel sorrowful. You may still feel alone. You may still feel like the world is against you. But praise be to God that His presence with us is not dependent upon how we feel. Our feelings do not hinder His continuous presence. He has been and will be near, even if you don’t realize that yet. I just pray that one day soon you do.
So let us thank God today for every battle He has fought for us. Thank Him for the moments you witnessed His presence along the way. Thank Him for the moments He is revealing to you now. And thank Him for the moments that you have yet to see.
These may be your last few days of high school (or college), but God has got great things in store for you beyond the horizon. Good things are coming. He has plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). You may be leaving this chapter in your life, but God will never leave you.
I’m turning in my two weeks notice. I’m praising God for what He has done, for who He has been, and for what He has planned for the future.
So praise Him with me.