Apart from submission to the one true Lord, the freedom within a learning context and the freedom resulting from honed skills and knowledge are illusions.
If this is all there is, if existence is merely the span from birth to death, then what is the point? Certainly, there is a flow of legacies that spans the generations, one idea building upon another, but do we not know we are made for more than this? And yet, for all our glorious capacity and yearning for transcendence, we become mired in the mundane, considering ourselves happy and free; but are we truly free?
True freedom is found by ordering ourselves under the One who actually has control.
My educational career has been a seemingly random gathering of bits. The first half of my undergraduate education was in the life sciences, specifically environmental studies. The second half was in organizational leadership. I then earned a Master of Divinity in Christian Education, followed by a Master of Theology in Systematic Theology (specifically focusing on ecclesiology). I am now working toward a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies.
My vocational life has followed a similar random path, moving from preschool teacher, to warehouseman, to production control, to institutional research at a private university. There would be no way to gather these threads apart from submission to Jesus, trusting that he is pulling it all together into a cohesive whole.
Where have you seen Jesus’ sovereign hand in your education?