I remember it being a requirement to take and pass an Exit Exam in order to graduate high school; that was a really big deal 26 years ago. Although an exam is no longer required to graduate high school, it’s always required in your life. As I think back on when the kids and I were living inside of the school, that was one test I wasn’t prepared for; to be homeless. I thought for sure leaving a beautiful home with warm beds and a yard to play in would automatically grant us greater; not a school with rats and snakes to fight off. Yes, literally, I fought a snake. I had to, my children were in danger. At this point I was fed up with the rats and now a snake, but my hands were tied. We had to tough it out, it was all we had at that time. After that fight, my appointment for housing came through a few days later and my babies and I were preparing for greater. However, we weren’t going without another test or should I say fight. My landlord at the time really wanted me to rent one of their homes which were close to the same conditions of the school; I was done with rats and snakes. My housing voucher went missing after I refused to continue living under those conditions. I searched high and low, I cried, I prayed and I screamed. After the tantrum, God whispered to me, “check the dumpster”. I climbed in and there it was, I screamed, I rejoiced and I cried some more. It was my time to go; my EXODUS!
Times got really hard, so hard that I could have gone back to my beautiful home, with warm beds and my children’s toys. But, we pressed in peace for one year. The test that I didn’t study for, wasn’t at all prepared for, I passed and I got my cap, my gown, moved that tassel over to the other side and I graduated with honors from another form of bondage. I just want to encourage you; you can do this my sister, you can make it my brother! Don’t allow fear to cause you to look back; you’re about to graduate.