If you follow my college transcripts, you can see gaps. Fall ’98 is where my journey begins. Then, Spring & Fall ’99. Then, 2000, 2001. Then Spring 2002 hits and there’s nothing after that until the Fall of 2007. A gigantic gap. A collegiate chasm in my transcript.
In Fall of 2001 I met a man. That dude rocked my world. I was so in love with him. Summer 2002 came and he broke up with me. Out of the blue (for me) and I was completely devastated. It was my first real relationship, it was my world and it had come crashing down around me. So, school stopped.
I picked it back up in the Fall of 2007. By this time I had found and received Christ and was moving forward. I had found and married a different man. Then, in Fall 2011 Hubs died. Out of the blue and I was completely devastated. So, school stopped. But… only for 1 semester.
Why, you may ask, is the first gap so much longer than the second? Here’s my reason:
The only difference between the two devastating relationship events that put a pause on my education is God. I knew God when my husband died. I knew that He would sustain me even though it was hard to interact with people. I knew He would carry me when I was too tired to study or press on. Did I know how the heck He was going to do it.. no. That’s faith my darlings.
In just over 6 weeks, I will graduate from college with a degree I started so many moons ago. It’s bittersweet because Hubs won’t be here to see it but God will. The same God who pulled me through when I couldn’t see my textbooks through my tears will see it and I am sure he’ll pass along the message.
God gets all the glory for my graduation.