This is my second-to-last post on the Dordt Life (cue the sad music). With graduation looming, I've done quite a bit of thinking about the future and leaving this place.
On the shelf of my desk sit two plastic animals – a lion and a turtle. My former pastor gave them to me when I graduated from high school. His encouragement was directed toward leaving high school, but I think it equally applies to leaving college. He said this:
"Right now, you feel like a lion. You've just graduated. You just finished school. You know more than anyone younger than you, and you feel like you're king of the world. But you're not a lion. You're a baby sea turtle.
That's right. A baby sea turtle. You've just hatched from your egg, and you're ready to venture out into the wide world of the sea. However, you've got to reach the sea.
The most perilous time of a sea turtle's life is the ten-foot journey from the egg to the sea. Sea turtles are most vulnerable when they crawl their way across the dangerous stretch of sand that is filled with predators, sharp obstacles, and searing sunlight.
As a senior, you've just hatched. You're about to make the perilous journey from the nest to the ocean, and you are in extreme danger. You may feel like a lion, but you're actually a helpless baby turtle. So what do you do? You can't stay in the nest. You have to leave. Just know that your first steps toward the life beyond are some of the most significant of your life. You will set the tone of your life by the choices you make in the next few weeks, months, and years.
So you need to be extremely humble, acknowledge the danger, and seek God with all that you are. The safest place to be is doing His will, maybe not physically but certainly spiritually. Keep the pursuit of Him at the center of your focus, and you will make it to the ocean safely."
So, my fellow baby sea turtles, as we journey out into the wide world, be careful. Be humble. Seek Christ above all else. And let Him work wonders through you.