Graduation Day


Random Ramblings from the Resident Raptor
Insight from the Journey across the Sky


Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. Matt 25:13 (NKJV)

I saw a large, white throne and the one who was sitting on it. The earth and the sky fled from his presence, but no place was found for them. I saw the dead, both important and unimportant people, standing in front of the throne. Books were opened, including the Book of Life. The dead were judged on the basis of what they had done, as recorded in the books. Rev 20:11-12 (GW)

graduation portrait
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I remember it well. The cap and gown. The slow march to Pomp and Circumstance. The endless speeches. And the solo parade across the stage to receive my diploma. Proof that I had successfully completed my course of study and was dismissed to face an uncertain future. School was out for good. No more pencils, no more books, no more parent teacher conferences. All this was now part of my past. It was time to embrace the future. Head on out into a brave new world. Choose the path you wish to follow, whether it is a road to academia, or a career path. Perhaps you choose to become a world traveler. Or just take some time off away from the books to reflect, and recharge for the next chapter of your life. Whatever road you choose the future lies ahead of you and not behind you. Once you leave the hallowed halls of your Alma Mater it is your choice as to where you end up in life.

Let your learning be your guide and pause long enough to study the road signs along the way. Do not be in such a big hurry to get to your next destination, that you miss the joy of the journey. Life is very much a routine while in the hallowed halls of education. But once you break free of its restraints, sometimes the freedom is too much to handle. Some people who are used to being told what to do day in and day out may find the travel a bit daunting. Those who enjoy a challenge will roll up their sleeves and tackle wherever the highway of life leads them. And then there are the rest of us who somehow manage to get through our day by just trying to avoid any major mistakes.

Oh how I wish things came easily for me, but for the most part everything I ever desired in life came with great struggles. Not being much of a fighter it sometimes took all I had to stay with the project long enough to see it through to completion. Sometimes it would appear the best route to take was the escape route. But patient endurance usually produced good results.

There is another graduation day awaiting all of us at the end of our journey through life. And just like our high school graduation was a time for celebration, so too shall our graduation from this life be a time to celebrate. Unless of course you failed to do your required course work while in training. We never know when we will be given our final exam so it is best to attempt to complete all assignments given to us and do the best we can on each new test. Pop quizzes are never fun but if we prepare ourselves daily they never take us by surprise. Only for those who wait to the day before a test to study does the pop quiz hold some terror.

There is going to be a final exam, just like you had finals in school, and only those who have prepared themselves shall pass the test and be allowed to pass through the gates of heaven and enter into eternal rest. All others will be shut out and cast aside into the lake of fire where there will be endless suffering and torment. Be sure to be prepared so when you stand before the Proctor of the Universe you shall pass your final exam.

Happy trails.

But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)

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