Those words from Julie’s Facebook yesterday not only bring euphoria to my daughter, they bring great joy to everyone that loves her. The path to her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Media from Washburn University has been a long and circuitous journey. Torturous at times. There have been lefts and rights, laughs and tears.
Without all the drama and the trauma, the final success wouldn’t have meant what it does today. People grow and mature in very different ways. Julie needed the hard-knock education just as much as she needed any classroom education to realize her potential. She never would have grown to be the woman she is today without either.
Through it all her Savior was with her – even in the worst of times and when that realization seemed clouded by circumstances within and beyond her control. Somehow she knew in her own way that, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.
With that strength, a journey that began in the fall of 2001 has finally reached its conclusion. Another has already begun. A full-time job with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Topeka is going well. A wedding fast approaches in June.
Her father’s heart leaps. It is with great pride I could say to her at her graduation ceremony, “Well done, Julie. I love you so very much.”