Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Either Way - When Lyrics Speak

I started working toward my master's degree since 2010 while working full-time, and the light at the end of the tunnel was finally in sight with plans to graduate last month. However, at the last minute several things came up and I also needed extra paperwork that I wasn't aware of until the day before graduation. Also, my brother getting an award the same day and same time, so my family was forced to split up and make decisions about who was going where. And to top it all off, I was facing some decisions about job opportunities and the disappointment of one not working out. 

With a lot on my plate I was frantically making phone calls and sending emails the day before graduation to see if it was possible for me to get everything turned in on time. Something that I had been working toward for years was in sight, but I wasn't sure that it would actually happen as planned. As I waited in line at one of the campus offices less than 24 hours before I was supposed to walk across the stage with what felt like hundreds of people ahead of me, I came to realization that it would be ok. Either way, graduation or later graduation, I would still graduate. It might not happen as I planned it, but it would work out. No matter what happened with my job, it would all be ok.

I've been hearing Morgan Easter's song "Either Way" a lot on the radio recently, and in the midst of all the chaos, it was one that really spoke to me. While I was waiting or feeling the deadline pressure, it would all be ok in the end. When I didn't get the response I wanted, it would be ok. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.

The first line of the song is one that really grabs you about a phone call that could change your life. Now my circumstances were nowhere near that serious. With the song's writer being Sheri Easter, I can imagine that alludes to a phone call about her cancer diagnosis. Life is full of ups and downs, but we can rest assured that God is in control, and He will be with us no matter what.

I love the line that says even in our darkest hour, we can see the blessings around us. When we can't understand how things are going to work out and are bogged down with a trial, we can still look for the blessings around us. It's easy to lose sight of that when we are going through the tough times.

Life is full of crossroads. Sometimes you have intentional decisions to make, and other times situations are thrust upon you that you didn't bargain for. I'm a firm believer that God will work things out according to His plan, but that's much easier said that truly believed sometimes. Either way it will be ok.

And for those wondering, I was able to graduate, turned in all paperwork that afternoon. My mother, grandmother and friends were there to support me. And I'm blessed to be in the same job for almost five years now. Either way, in all circumstances, it was and is ok. 

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