This semester started fast. Some may even feel that we were unprepared and that some scrambling was needed in order to be prepared for a fresh semester. Finalizing classes, organizing schedules, and rekindling friendships within a short period of time certainly requires some acrobatic flexibility!
A strange phenomenon is that the busiest seasons of our lives are often the most stressful and the most rewarding. How can this be? Is it possible that the work it takes to maintain Christian faithfulness, professional integrity, and academic faithfulness in the midst of a busy semester can yield a certain holy flexibility?
In periods of quick turnarounds and change it sounds like Christians have at least two options. Option one, we can try tackling the situation on our own, or option two, plunging deeper into a relationship with God to tackle the situation together. The second option certainly sounds a lot better, but I know from personal experience that modeling option two requires some strategic planning.
The new semester at Trinity began January 6th. That same week I had my last day at my internship and then began a new internship three days later; needless to say, it was a busy week. Two weeks later I have had a chance to reflect and recognize that, in that busy week of my life, it was difficult for me to dig deeper into my relationship with God and manage the transition at the same time.
My error is showcased even in that last sentence. Digging deeper into our relationship with God and managing our crazy lives never have to be separate things! Too often it is tempting to just try and get what we need done, and then come back to God at the end of the day in order to spend quality time with him. It is a terrible feeling to have ‘just made it’ through another day and to only finally be able to breathe deeply, dig into God’s Word, and spend time with him just before we lie down for bed.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” We do not know what lies just ahead of us in our day, but we do know that we serve a God who is working in each of our lives for our benefit. What a humbling and amazing thought!
The opening weeks of a fresh semester is the perfect time to focus on walking with God throughout our day, digging deeper into our relationship with him while checking things off our to-do lists. Each day is an opportunity to walk in step with God, developing the holiness of agility and knowing that he is using today for our good.