I can hardly believe the next few words that I’m about to write… Tomorrow is the first day of my senior year in college.
Yesterday while in the bookstore, I realized my (relative) age. Two guys–obviously Freshman by their wide-eyed staring at the textbook section–waited in line to receive the books they had ordered online. I recognized the look on their faces because I too had stood in their shoes. Going on four years now, I have walked in them from class to class, meeting to meeting, meal to meal. Is it really almost time to trade in these aging shoes for a new pair? And if so, what will they be?
As a tour guide/student worker for the University, just about everyday I am asked the exact same question, “What are you going to do when you graduate?” Since there are about three things that I can honestly see myself doing once May rolls around, I tell them one of those three options. Deep down though, I know that this is a question that I cannot answer exactly, at least not yet. After all, so much can change in the answering of a phone call, the opening of a letter, or even the shaking of a hand.
With all of my heart, I truly believe that we experience different seasons in our lives to show us more and more the character of the God we serve. Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us that there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven. Romans 8:28 also says that all things work together for the good of those that love God and are called according to His purpose.
In a time of need, we could learn that God will DAILY provide for His children, just like He did for Moses while wandering through the desert (Exodus 16:4). In a time of distress, we could call on the Lord and hear Him whisper to us as He whispered to Elijah (1 Kings 19:12). In a time when we fail, we could see that His grace is always greater just like He explained to Paul (2 Corinthians 12:9). Even in a time that we realize just how great He is, we could witness that even still, the heavens cannot contain Him; this was the realization of Solomon when dedicating the temple (1 Kings 8:27).
We could experience all of these things, but FIRST, we must open ourselves up to Him. Trust Him and be moved as His Spirit leads. Always, He will work everything out for the good of those that love Him, even if it may seem painful or difficult at first.
Thanks for reading my ramblings today, and I hope and pray that somehow, God will speak to you in whatever season of life you are going through now!
Praying your day is filled with Sonshine,