Back to school already.
Feels like just yesterday I was graduating high school and starting my college journey. Now here I am already done with week 1 of my sophomore year. Time has been going by non-stop since I turned 18 ad I’m honestly kind of scared. Like next thing I know, I’ll be 40. Like wHAT EVEN?!
Regardless of how time seems to be slipping away, I’ve decided to focus on the now. The Lord has been good to me this week. After getting off to a rough start during the transition from my summer mindset to my student mindset, I finally feel like things are gonna be okay.
I’ve been going through this season where things seem okay and then BAM! A whole bunch of things come and make me worry. Inspite of the VARIOUS curve balls, the one thing I have noticed constantly is that God’s grace has covered me in literally every situation I have found myself in. I am forever grateful.
And this week is no exception when looking for evidence of God’s grace and goodness. I finally got a phone after 8 months (long story), my classes are going well, I’m making new friends, and life just feels good. I also FINALLY have a car, which has been a huge blessing because I feel so independent and free. I had to wait but God truly knows what you need and when you need it, we gotta trust Him when He says, yes, just as much as when He says wait, or no.
When the Lord told me to come to this school, I really didn’t want to! I wanted to go out and be “free” and be”independent.” But in hindsight I’m starting to realize that God had a plan all along. Yes, He wants me to be free, but He was teaching me that the best way to be independent is to learn to depend on Him for myself. And BOY have I been learning how to trust God, no matter how things look! (Spoiler: Things have been crazy and when it comes to trusting God, it’s WAY easier said than done.)
Contrary to what I was thinking, He wasn’t punishing me. I didn’t do anything wrong to deserve God placing me in a place I did not want to be! It was for the purpose of teaching me lessons that I would need for where He wanted to send me!
He was giving me the time I needed to get fully rooted in Him before He sends me off. What a good, good Father He is!
So far, this whole college experience has been lesson after lesson. While that can be and has been frustrating, it is also a good thing. It shows that I am growing and learning and becoming more like Jesus. Isn’t that the goal after all? To be more like Him in everything we do, so that the world sees Him through us? To grow, and learn, and become is a process we’ll go through outer whole lives, which is why we need Jesus. Because we can’t reach the perfection level required to e with the Father.
So that’s a little of what I’ve learned this week, I pray it encourages you.
Even if your first week of school wasn’t that great, or if it didn’t meet your expectations, just remember this: You can CHOOSE to make the rest of the year fabulous😜✨ Yes, YOU! No matter what happens, Jesus has fresh mercies for you every morning, He has JOY for you every morning. That mercy can be yours and that joy can be your strength TODAY, but you have to make the decision to receive what Jesus paid for, so it could be freely given to you.
Year 2, week 1 has been a success. And I am so excited to see what Jesus has in store for me in the days and weeks and years to come!