Holy cow ya’ll– In all of my classes yesterday, each time I wrote the date: 4-25-2017– I was thinking “Wait, wasn’t it just December 25th!? How is it almost the end of April?” I am sure many of you join me in wondering where on EARTH this year has gone. I feel as though it was just the end of Christmas break and I was heading back to school to start a new semester and now there are only two weeks left in this semester- I am in shock.
You can ask my mother, I have never been overly sentimental… However, the older I get, the more I am learning to cherish the present moments and not wish them away and am definitely more sentimental- especially when it comes to time.
All of this to say, I am really trying to soak up these last two weeks of freshman year. What a sweet season it has been! I am not totally ready for it to come to and end and am making the most of my final time in Room 502, eating in the Caf, blowing through my remaining meal points at Starbucks, spending time with friends, enjoying the sunshine on a bench in Walker-Adams mall, etc.
However, it can be a challenge to truly enjoy these last few weeks since they are filled with papers and projects and tests and just about everything else under the sun. It is easy to feel panicked and overwhelmed and somedays, I would really rather work on my tan than my homework. I think many of us are feeling the end of the semester drag and if you are like me, it is sometimes a challenge to buckle down and focus.
As I have brought my weaknesses and worries and feelings of “I really don’t know if I have anything left in me to finish the semester strong” to the Lord, He has been showing me that it is SO important to rest in Him during this busy season of “racing” to the finish line.
Worry and fear are just as much of a sin as lying and gossiping or whatever else. When my mind is spinning and I am in a fury of frantic thinking and scared of the unknown and unchartered territory I am about to encounter (I am looking at you Spanish final and the seven weeks I am spending abroad this summer), I am not at rest. This is not the type of rest that comes from taking a nap (although that would be nice), but rest that comes from falling to the feet of Jesus and dropping my burdens and worries there and turning to Him for peace.
Rest is not inactivity. It is working and living from a place of abiding in the presence of God.
I have to remember to TRUST that God hears my prayers and is going to take everything under his wing. My life is safe and secure in the palm of His hands. Over and over, I am learning to strive for this rest that is found only in Christ and practice surrendering to it every day.
A few verses that have been encouraging to me lately that I want to share with you:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
“When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
“… and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.”
“I am the Lord and I do NOT change.”
I hope my slight rambling encouraged you in some way today– I just wanted to share my thoughts in this crazy and busy finals/end of the school year season. May you rest in the Lord and his promises throughout the rest of the semester!