Monday, November 2, 2015

Waves and Winds

I can't decide whether to feel completely overwhelmed and burdened, or to feel incredibly grateful and privileged. Waves of both come crashing daily as I press on. It's November.

It's the usual nearing-the-end-of-the-semester load that is pushing me forward, but also forcing me to take one day at a time. And yet, the classes I'm taking right now are some of the sweetest and best ones I've had at Moody so far. As soon as it all starts to feel like too much, I stop and really look at the homework I'm reading, the topics I get to discuss in class, and I breathe deeply to realize how much I actually love getting to learn.

Classes are hard; I can't deny that. There is no getting around the truth that exams and final papers are fast approaching. Yet, through it all, God has been granting peace when I run to Him. That has been the most baffling gift and one that I am continually surprised by.

In all of the flurry of school, I have been refreshed by time with the Lord, memories made with friends, and touches of family these past couple of weeks. Mom is in town now for a bit as we eagerly expect the birth of Judah Patty - my first nephew! I got to spend some time with her today, and we had lunch together with Caleb and Haley yesterday.

If the future is foggy and the waves of life keep coming faster than you can catch up, remember this:

The wind and waves still know His name.

"The men were amazed and asked, 'What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!'"- Matthew 8:27 

If Jesus could calm the waves on the Sea of Galilee, think what power he has over every aspect of life. He cares about each one of our days, one at a time. We know his mercies are new each morning.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? ... But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." - Matthew 6:25-27, 33


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