If you are a college student, then you know school is really picking up to full speed right about now. I’m not sure if any of you have felt as I, but this feeling of struggling to keep my head above water has been draining me. It seems as though I have been living from one test to the next for the past two weeks. The best word to describe it is… exhausting. But this week God has been revealing some good stuff.
Stuff #1- I have to allow enough time each and every day to BE STILL before my King. I can’t merely do my quiet time for 10 minutes, rushing through my study, and pray an empty prayer because I’m distracted that I’m about to be late for class. Trust me, I know, life is busy, school is crazy and our social lives can consume us. But we must allow time to be still before Christ himself. I realized that this has been the main source of my problems for the past few weeks. I’ve been going, going and going nonstop. The time I was leaving for God consisted of rushed quiet times and me doing lots of the talking and not much listening. This time certainly was not consisting of the worship my Savior deserves. Guys… If we can get this right, everything else will fall into place. All of a sudden we won’t be carrying burdens we weren’t meant to be carrying. We won’t be anxious about things we are not in control of, and we won’t be struggling to stay above the waves we aren’t even supposed to be swimming in. (P.s. you are NOT alone in this, we ALL find ourselves in these situations. I actually struggle with this each and every day. I have to remind myself every morning of God’s promises and who he says he is. This helps me remember he is incomprehensibly capable of taking care of things!!)
Long side note: I was in my car this week and God sent a reminder to me through song. (I absolutely LOVE it when he chooses this method to speak to me!!!) I don’t usually listen to the radio anymore; I typically use my Spotify. But, for some reason this morning I did, and my XM station, “The Message” was playing the song “Still” by Hillary Scott. I knew the song so it wasn’t unfamiliar to me, but it was as though I was hearing it for the first time. And let me tell y’all… This wasn’t just a, “Oh yeah, thanks God that was good. I really needed to hear that” kind of moment. This song became my prayer that morning. I felt like it was just me and God in my car and that I was giving him control. Even just praying those words in the song, there was a burden that was lifted off of my shoulders. I was choosing to let go and choosing to not only believe that he’s got it, but really fully trusting that. Here are some of the lyrics…
“I believe that you are God alone, but sometimes I still try to take control. Cause I get scared when I can’t see the end, and all you want from me is to let go.
You’re parting waters, making a way for me, you’re moving mountains that I don’t even see. You’ve answered my prayer, before I even speak. All you need for me to be is STILL.
I Bring my praise before I bring my need. Cause there’s no fear you’ve not already seen. I rest my heart on all your promises. Cause I have seen and know your faithfulness.
You’re parting waters, making a way for me, you’re moving mountains that I don’t even see. You’ve answered my prayer, before I even speak. All you need for me to be is STILL.”
“STILL” seems easy, right? I can’t say that that particular action comes naturally for me. But I know God calls us in Psalm 46:10 to, “be still and know that I AM God.” Will you be still?
Stuff #2: Why do I do what I do? Why do I work hard? Why do I strive to make good grades? Why do I go to church? These are some questions I have been asking myself. And If I am being completely honest, some of my answers probably aren’t what they should be. But God has really been showing me, EVERYTHING is for HIM. Everything I do, everything I say and everything I think, should be giving HIM GLORY. He’s worthy of every single bit of it!!! 1 Corinthians 10:31 says “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”