It's finals week for me, which means studying, trying to relax, and more free time than I've had all semester. I actually took one final last week in my hardest class, Thermodynamics. The teacher had this amazing policy that if you earned a 93% on your final exam, you got an A in the class, regardless of your work the rest of the semester. Admittedly, I studied harder for this exam than any other--hoping for the golden 93% on my final. After taking the exam last week, I was sure that I'd gotten it, feeling like the exam was very easy.
Today, our teacher posted the scores. Much to my surprise, I finished the semester with an 81% on my final... leaving me with a B when all was said and done. I was tempted to be quite disappointed, quite a natural response to not getting what I had hoped for (and quite frankly, expected). However, I couldn't help myself, because Chris Tomlin's song "Rejoice" was playing. I couldn't help but rejoice, and though I felt Satan tempting me to do otherwise, I could only rejoice, because it is the proper response.
"Rejoice in the Lord, always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4)