Transitions: College Graduation Edition


You have searched me, Lord,

and you know me.

You know when I sit and when I rise;

you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down;

you are familiar with all my ways.

- Psalm 139:1-3

CONGRATULATIONS! YOU DID IT! YOU MADE IT THROUGH COLLEGE!

I felt like we just needed to celebrate that for a minute. You have accomplished a lot whether you just finished your Bachelor’s or your Master’s or even beyond that. Through the hardships, the stress, the testing, and the busy schedule you are officially stepping into a new season of life.

If you’re anything like me, college was my “big dream.” Since I was little, I dreamed of the day that I would finally get to go to college and learn things that I actually wanted to learn. In my head I would have “made it” when I made it to college. Well, 5 years and 2 degrees later, I am done and well, to put it simply, I have NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING. In my head, it is like after college I died or something because I didn’t really have any dreams beyond that, and even through the college years my dream was just to finish.

If you’re the girl who knows exactly what you want to do, I cheer you on all the way! I envy you and think that is so freaking awesome, but if you’re the girl who is like me, and you’re still trying to figure it out, here are a few things that have helped me a lot.

It has been three months since I graduated, and let me tell you it has been a roller coaster. This “adulting” thing is not easy, that's for sure. I graduated, had jobs lined up, had a guy in my life, and recently those jobs fell through, that guy didn’t work out, and I got left sitting in my own thoughts, feeling like I was sinking with no way to get to the surface. But what I’ve been reminded of during this transition is that the Lord knows exactly how I feel right now. He knows my heart and YOURS. Even through my feelings of defeat, I know that He has such a good plan for my life going forward.

Whether this season is opening so many doors for you, or maybe doors are shutting, I just want to encourage you that this isn’t the end. I know sometimes it feels like everyone is watching you for how you are going to “survive” this new stage of life, but the only opinion that truly matters is that of our Heavenly Father. He cares so much more about our hearts than what job we get, boy we date, or house we end up living in.

Change is bound to happen, but it’s up to us to decide how we are going to respond to it.

Reflection

1. What are some of your next steps?

2. What is something you are struggling with that you need to invite God into?

3. What has been the hardest part of this transition for you? And what is a verse that can be a reminder for you during this time?

Prayer

Abba Father, You are so good. You are with me through the hills and valleys. You hear my every thought and know my heart in the good times and bad. I pray that You would help me rely on You as I transition into this next season of life and trust You even when I don’t know or understand what is going on. I love You and I trust You, Amen.

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