Prayer for My Organic Chemistry Professor

Yesterday, I was sitting in my Organic Chemistry class.  The teacher walked into the classroom–her first time to walk in for the past week and a half.  Everyone waited apprehensively, each one praying that our upcoming test coming would be rescheduled due to her absence.  Some may have wondered why she had been gone; however, most, including myself, were more concerned with the approaching threat of an all-nighter and way too many cups of coffee in order to stay up late and learn the material.

My teacher did reschedule the test, but my excitement didn’t last much longer.  My teacher had something else to say.  She told us that she had been missing class because of her terminal illness.  She said that all she had ever hoped for was to live until she was fifty.  Her fiftieth birthday was only 2 weeks away, she said, and though she was being seen by four different doctors, she doubted that she would make it until then.

I was shocked.  I couldn’t even focus during class.  The guilt of having been more concerned with my “impending doom” in the form of an organic chem test rather than the reason why my teacher had been absent hit me.  For the rest of the day, I felt the weight of that guilt laying on my shoulders.

God taught me a lesson through this, though.  He taught me the importance of faith, hope, and love.

Check back for a post about each one of these: faith, hope, and love.  For now, though, say a prayer for my Organic Chemistry teacher.  Thanks so much for your continued support, and remember that even in all of this darkness that envelops us, Christ is our light to the world.  He is the assurance of the hope we have, the reason for the joy that we receive, and the purpose for which we should live our lives.

For now, we can rest in knowing the truth in 1 John 3:20, “God is greater than our worried hearts, and he knows everything.”

Praying your day is filled with Sonshine,

Sarah

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I’m so sorry that it has been a while since my last post!  Tomorrow morning, I’ll write a real post, but for now, here is what has been going on in my journey.

I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching.  You know what I mean by this… looking deep into yourself to answer questions like “Why do I do certain things that I do?” or “Why do I think this way?”

Here recently, I’ve struggled with feeling insecure about my own self. Automatically, this insecurity serves as the red flag for something much greater: a struggling in believing that I am truly and completely worthy, precious, and treasured in the eyes of my King.

Part of living in today’s world is living in a culture defined by body image, money, self-worth, etc.  When Christ’s love truly compels us, though, He always has a way of calling us back Home. He has an amazing way of strengthening us by His love, but we have to learn how to accept it first!

1 Samuel 16:7 says, “God does not see the same way people see. People look at the outside of a person, but God looks at the heart.”

As for me tonight, I’m about to go to sleep and dream about just how much God loves me for exactly who I am–not a skinnier Sarah or anything–but as the Sarah Elizabeth that He created me to be with all of my strengths and weakness alike.

Appreciation through Discipline

There’s a story about early travels to Machu Picchu–the Incan homestead in Peru.  While it was possible to travel by rivers and then hike up the mountain to arrive at Machu Picchu, the Incan emperor required all travelers to walk the trails and to hike the mountain trek to arrive at the city.  He did this because he knew that Machu Picchu would be even prettier to those that had toiled on the rigorous journey through the Andes Mountains.

When I heard this story in Donald Miller’s book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, I also thought of many Bible stories: God delivering His people out of Egypt and to the promised land, those exiled out of Jerusalem and into Babylon (Jeremiah 29), and even Jonah and the whale.  In all of these stories, those under the direction–and, in many ways, the affliction–of God, were constantly guided and encouraged.  Quite often, He even takes us through hard times in order that we may learn to run into His arms rather than rely on the world for comfort.  In this way, those experiencing struggles inside and outside of their relationship with God were also being disciplined in order that they may enjoy His radiance, power, and love in all of its fullness. [Check out James 1:2-4].

Sleep well tonight, and I pray that the assurance of God’s overwhelming love for you fills your body and overflows from your heart.  “For out of the overflow of his heart, a man’s mouth speaks” Luke 6:45.