For most of us, graduation is synonymous with celebration.
It is a time to celebrate your accomplishments and the years of hard work you have put in. It’s a time to celebrate the years of memories you have made with friends. It’s a time to celebrate the closing of a chapter and the opening of a new one. And for most of us, that is exactly what happened. We celebrated.
But for the class of 2020, graduation looks different. It’s been pushed to the side due to the current state of the world. And instead of celebrating, the graduation season has ushered in a time of mourning. The class of 2020 isn’t celebrating with their friends, they’re mourning lost time with them. They’re not walking across the stage while their mom blows the air horn, they’re doing online ceremonies… and some aren’t having ceremonies at all. They aren’t going to prom, taking a spring break trip, or having their graduation parties.
To the High School senior whose year has been cut short: take heart. This season doesn’t have to be a time of bitterness and mourning. God brings beauty from ashes, remember?
In this season, you have the choice to be consumed by your loss, or you can choose to use the time you’ve been given.
Take the time to be intentional with your family right now. Use this time to go slow with your family. Take time to do puzzles with your mom or listen to your dad tell the same story for the 400th time. Watch TV and do nothing with them. Have family meals together. Enjoy being together.
And listen… have all the feelings. It’s okay to be angry or upset – and it’s okay to show those feelings too. You’ve worked hard for four years only to have what would have been a sweet ending cut short. It’s okay to be upset about not crossing a stage, having your party, or attending senior days. What you’re going through is truly a loss.
And don’t let others tell you your feelings aren’t valid. Don’t let the naysayers tell you there are more important things going on. This is an important thing. And you’re in the middle of it. So shout, cry, vent… whatever you need to do… DO IT!
God’s got a plan.
That’s the cool thing about following Jesus during this world lockdown. We don’t have to fret about what will happen or how things will play out. We know He has already gone before us and paved the way. Somehow, He will use all of this to weave pieces of your story together. Keep your heart open to what He is trying to teach or show you in this season. Embrace what He is doing in your life in this season. Tune in to Him. Strengthen your relationship with Him before these next four years.
Rest easy knowing you all are seen and loved in this time. Not only by your friends and family but by your Creator – who is working all things for your good.
Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:6-7 TPT
Mackenzie is the Founder and Director of strategy and spiritual development of Sheis. Her favorite things include coffee, Jesus, dogs, and her husband (not necessarily in that order). You can find her hopping on a budget flight, binge-watching Netflix, or spending time with her family. Follow her on Instagram at @mackoverfelt