In so many ways, it is surreal. I cannot believe that I have done all this work, AND I have managed to work almost full-time for the past four years. Yes, He has sustained me. He has given me insight, wisdom, and focus to complete this work, and I am in awe of Him right now. I mean, I am sitting here at my computer, feeling nothing -- literally nothing -- other than peace. I am at rest. I am at peace. And, praise be to God, I am in this wonderfully safe, warm, and completely healing space. I feel as if I have just scaled the biggest and baddest mountain, and as a result, I am right where He desires me to be.
Can it get any better than this? I am sure it will -- I mean -- I have to defend and then finish the particulars in order to walk in graduation, but for the most part, I have left the hilly terrain and mountainous regions behind me. From this particular vantage point, the skyline looks beautiful. I am in this amazing place, and it is all because He said to me twelve years ago, "Carol, will you trust me?" I, of course, said very tentatively, "Yes, Lord, but only if you will help me to trust you." He has been faithful to me. He led me through some difficult storms, and He sheltered me when I felt so lost and alone. In this way, He was a Father to me, a Husband to me, and a Friend to me. He held my hand, gave me hope, and encouraged me to "keep on keeping on." He receives the praise today. He receives the glory today. He is my King, my Shepherd, and My Rock. In His name, I give Him all honor, and I rejoice with the psalmist who said,
The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock;
And exalted be the God of my salvation! (Psalm 18:46, NASB)