Whaaaat’s up? It’s been a while, and I apologize for that, but I’m back—for the first time in 2014. Last year got extremely busy to the point that before I knew it, the semester was over. And that brings me to where I am now . . .
For those of you who don’t know, just over a week ago, I realized I didn’t remember hardly any details from the Fall 2013 semester. As most anyone my age would do, I freaked. Here I am, 20 years old, and I can’t remember what happened less than six months ago. Combine this with some other physical issues I had been having, and it really freaked me out. After some discussion with my dad, we determined it was best I went to see the doctor. Long story short, I’m physically fine. Praise God.
However, as days passed, a thought that I originally had upon realizing I didn’t remember things continued to rock my world—was it a God thing? More so, was it God freeing me of the pain and the hurt I had experienced from the past that followed me into the semester? While I was slightly excited about that possibility, I refused to accept it because I knew through the pain, God had taught me too many important lessons for it all to just disappear.
Finally, it clicked. It was a God thing, but in a completely different way. It made me begin to realize that I got so busy looking forward to an end (specifically, the end of the semester) that I forgot about the journey in getting there. I forgot about what all it entails—the friendships, the relationships, family and strangers encountered, and all the memories made with each. I forgot to stop and be thankful for all the blessings I had. I forgot to “stop and smell the roses.” I forgot to cherish the time and the memories I was blessed to create.
But God didn’t stop there. Tuesday night at our weekly Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting, we discussed New Years resolutions and how the majority of the time, they’re simply epic failures. However, our chaplain challenged us to pick one word and use it as our word for the year, continuing to work on it throughout the year—not allowing it to become another resolution that failed. As many of you can probably guess, the word I chose was . . . JOURNEY. I picked Exodus 13:21 in support: “And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.” It signifies two things: 1) He is leading us where He wants, if only we will listen and keep our eyes on Him, and 2) it says that He goes before us, so He already knows what we will face. He’s allowing us to go through situations so our faith can grow and we can shine our lights with others. And we will only see all those opportunities if we keep our eyes on Him.
So with that said, I challenge you to EMBRACE THE JOURNEY. Do not become so consumed with thinking, “If I can just get through _____, things will be alright and will calm down.” Because I can assure you, you'll never reach a season of perfect stillness—something else will come up right after that, and before you know it, it’ll be 2015 and you will have wasted an entire year.
Realize how blessed you are, and remember to embrace the journey. Before we know it, it’ll be over. Make the most of every situation. Remember to tell those you love that you do love them. Make time for them. Put your phone away and connect. Share your light. Take time to be with Him. And LOVE.