From Devastation to Inspiration: Micaela Graetz

“So you’re telling me that I just went through almost twelve years of school to not enjoy the best three months of it?”

That was my first reaction after learning that I would not be going back to finish my senior year after spring break due to COVID-19.

One after the other, all the moments I was looking forward to were being canceled. First it was senior prom, then graduation, and now my freshman orientation for college. Sadly, this has become the new normal for me and all high school seniors across the country. What was supposed to be the best moments of high school are now just virtual reminders that we will never get to experience the real thing.

As Christians, we know there is disappointment and sadness all around us, but Jesus tells us that He is the light of this world and if we follow Him, we will never have to walk in darkness again. So even though this is one of the most disappointing times of my life thus far, I have decided to look on the bright side.

Romans 8:18 says, 

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” 

I know that our lives will be better when we come out of this unprecedented time. I’ve been challenged to use this time to grow closer to God and figure out His purpose for me, instead of spending it wallowing in what has been taken away from me. 

During this time of growing and learning, I have realized that this is a time that I have no control over. Nothing I do can stop what is happening in the world right now.

What I can do and what I do have control over is the ability to listen.

Listen to what God is telling me… what He wants from me right now… what His plans and purposes are for me as I prepare for college… and how I can choose how to act on what God is teaching me. I have also gotten to spend much needed quality time with my family and see how God has brought people together.

Although this has been a difficult season of my life, I am thankful because I have learned what is really important: friends, family, and a God on my side who is the ultimate provider and comforter. 

Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes before you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

Deuteronomy 31:6, 8


Micaela Graetz is a senior at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas, and is attending the University of Missouri this fall. She will be majoring in Nursing and is passionate about helping people. She can’t wait for college life and finding a good community rooted in Jesus. Some of her hobbies are playing volleyball, baking anything and everything, and hanging out with her friends. Follow along with her on Instagram @micaelagraetz

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