Graduation - a Gift of God

Graduation - a Gift of God

 Darnell Johnson

I doubt seriously that many would disagree that graduation is a gift of God. To explain, God is the Source of knowledge and wisdom, and one who fears or respects and reverences God receives wisdom. So vividly did this reality come to me during last week’s graduation of my daughter from Andrews University with a BS degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. It occurred to me that God not only provided the knowledge for Darnell to complete but the necessary funding and attending assistance during the four years of studies at Andrews.
 
Looking Back
            I recall my daughter in the early part of 2010 expressing a desire to attend Andrews University. Mind you, she had been accepted at both Northern Caribbean University and Antillean University in Jamaica and Puerto Rico, respectively. Owing to the significant cost to attend Andrews, it did not look possible at the time; and I said to her, “No, dad and mom cannot defray studies at Andrews at this time.” So the obvious decision was either NCU or Antillean University. However, upon re-examining the cost of Andrews, Denise (my wife) and I saw where we could cover the expense- and that would require Darnell obtaining a partial scholarship; so we agreed that once her external examination passes were great and she obtained a high GPA, it would be possible.
 
Partnership Works
            Needless to say, Darnell passed a total of 8 BGCSE’s with commendable grades, and with Andrews University’s offer of an attractive scholarship/grant, Denise and I saw the possibility of defraying her tuition. Nonetheless, we ventured out in faith and took Darnell to Andrews in May of 2010. Of course, by this time, she had been accepted and given her I-20 form. At registration, God worked in our favor; and therefore it was a go with all systems in place –scholarship and education assistance. Everything worked well year after year, except for the final year when owing to unexpected circumstances, we wondered if we could continue with our portion. We even alerted Darnell of a possible “financial turbulence;” but once again, beyond our imagination, God performed miracles by opening up “doors,” and the final two terms’ commitments were met with full payments. God is good!
 
Celebration
            During last weekend, it all culminated in Darnell’s graduation. In fact, as Denise and I prepared to attend the consecration service on Friday evening, May 2, the whole scene played out in my mind resulting in my writing Darnell --clearly attributing her accomplishment to God. I did not want her, mom or anyone to overlook the mercies and favors of God. Therefore, on Sunday as she marched and shook hand with Dr. Andreasen, president of Andrews, it was most gratifying for me as my God made all of what was now being witnessed possible; and therefore the caption for this weekly was born: Graduation - a Gift from God. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. It is my prayer that as Darnell moves on to internship and graduate studies, she will never forget her God.