The last few days have been incredible… such a blessing! God has truly made Himself evident to me. This semester has been full of challenges, frustration, tears, and sleepless nights. It’s been one of those times in life when I am thankful for the lessons, but I wish I could learn without experiencing all the growing pains. As a result of all the low points, I have really been able to feel God’s presence, especially during the last week and a half. At the beginning of the semester, I felt lonely, unimportant, and inadequate. Last night, I smiled inside as I realized how God has been answering my sorrowful prayers of heartache.
- Last Monday: My sister and mom came down to IWU to watch me dance in chapel to Tenth Avenue North’s “Worn” – a song that has literally become my testimony
- Monday – Friday: The Lord brought me through the final academic deadlines for this extraordinarily challenging semester.
- Friday: I spent the evening with a solid group of friends and two incredible adults (God bless them for loving us so much!), and laughed more than I have in a long time! I literally rolled on the floor at one point.
- Saturday: My wonderful, supportive parents drove down to help me move out of my dorm room. I am a blessed girl!
- Sunday: I attended my new-found little church that so quickly became my church family away from home.
- Yesterday (Monday): I went to work and had an in-depth conversation with my boss, a man who always speaks wisdom into my life, and spoke with one of my favorite sheriff’s deputies; had lunch with two of my roommates and another good friend; went to visit a new friend and her two-day old baby girl; and, had a couple hours of conversation and laughter with two friends at school.
So, the end of the semester has turned out to be bitter-sweet. The day that I thought I couldn’t wait for no longer seems so appealing. However, I know that what lies ahead is much bigger than me. This semester has served as a tool in God’s hand to help prepare me for the next four months. As I pack up to head home, I am reminded that there is still much to learn and accomplish before I board that plane in January. May God give me the grace, peace, strength, and courage to continue!