Written by guest blogger Audrey Harris
With smell of stuffing and sweet apple cider right around the corner, its pretty hard to focus in class. What am I really thinking about? My dogs and how I am 100% going to cry when I see their sweet furry faces. Food and family are also heavily weighing in my heart. Thanksgiving is here and you know what that means… Christmas music is on the radio people. Deck the halls because Santa Clause is coming to town (aka me in my light up sweater from Target). As exciting as this gets, its also high-key stressful. That means we must deal with the teachers that won’t cancel class on Monday and Tuesday, enjoy thanksgiving break, and once it’s all over, we must come out of our food coma and realize that finals stuck up on us real quick. Greek Study hours won’t know what hit ‘em, ammiright ladies? If your blood pressure went from 0-60 bpm, don’t worry, zisters; this one’s for you.
I’m gunna be super real here. I’ve major struggled with being at peace this week and most weeks, especially if school is involved. Jk, the grind never stops. Whether trying for the life of me to invest in people or trying to get my CP paper done and out of the way, I can get drained really quickly. When we’re as busy as we are, we miss the little things in life. In fact, we forget about them in total. We stop feeling the peace of God in our lives. Sometimes we feel like God isn’t even really there for a hot minute. Let me tell you this, the worst thing the Devil could ever make you believe is that you are alone. Darlings, you are NOT alone under any circumstance. Let me reference the Truth of the matter, Romans 8:38-39,
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
This means that He is always with us, always here, and omnipresent. You are not alone in your troubles and stress. He is here.
This verse is universal. It includes so much. The depth of your notes can’t take you down. The height of your textbooks all combined are not enough to topple you. Tests to come cannot test your faith. The pain of your past is untainted. The plans of your future are already completed. In fact,
I read your plans… they’re labelled “victory.”
Believe it or not, the grind will stop someday and we’ll be in a place greater than paradise. What more could I be thankful for?
This verse also has one meaning I just cannot shake. If nothing can separate us from the love of God, I have no ability of separating myself from God. It’s not that I’d want to. It’s more of the fact that as broken people, we often put Jesus on the back burner when business comes into play. Maybe, I feel so stressed and anxious because I’m not seeking out the God of all peace and comfort. Maybe God isn’t testing my faith to see if I can do this because I can’t really do anything without Him any ways.
Maybe God called and we’ve put Him on hold.
I’ve had many days where I’ve felt drained out and tired. I began taking time. I fasted social media for a day. I took out all distractions for a day. I realized how I genuinely was putting God below my studies, my social events, and my friends. How am I supposed to shout victory when the Victor, Himself, isn’t fighting with me? I can’t fight the anxiousness and exhaustion of the grind without the fountain of Life, Jesus Christ. Quiet time is so important. It’s our time to talk to God, to let Him know that we’re stressed, to rest in His goodness. He is the Prince of Peace and the Strength of our souls. Without Him, we don’t have much to offer. Of course we’ll get tired if we aren’t resting in Him. Of course we’ll feel burnt out if the fire isn’t fanned by the Flame. Our relationship with Christ is the only relationship where we get to choose how close we are. We can’t enjoy Thanksgiving dinner if we don’t wanna be around the people who are eating it. We can’t get the rewards without being in love with the Rewarder. Peace is right there waiting for you. Strength to finish out this semester strong is always, always available.
God, the source of all life, is calling you. Please, pick-up.
“Let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. As members of one body, you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”