Starting Again

Well, my longest winter break is coming to an end; tomorrow, I begin classes again.  As always, I’m ready for a regular schedule in my life again, but I’m also a bit nervous to dive into a whole set of new classes, new professors, and new demands.  What if some classes take too much time?  What if a class is just plain too hard or too easy?  What if I dislike a professor or, even worse, a professor dislikes me?  Or perhaps worst of all: what if school eats up all my time and energy, leaving me with nothing to give to others?

The trail of “what ifs” and question marks could continue forever … or, I could trust God, use my reasoning skills, and pray for wisdom as I approach the upcoming decisions.  I’ll be faced with decisions every day, and the temptation will be to prioritise one thing too much, to seek my identity in that thing, whatever it may be, rather than in my Saviour.  My wandering heart always seems to find a potential idol in one thing or another, but the approaching spring—the warm sunshine and cool breezes by the lake, the flowering bulbs in the grocery store—reminds me that in just two months’ time, we’ll be remembering the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ; it’s by His grace that I’m saved.  I’m looking forward to that celebration, but even more so, I’m looking forward to the return of my Saviour and King.

Thanks to the springlike weather, this past week brought with it some lovely sunset walks and even a picnic!  Though the next few months promise to be crazy busy, they also bring with them many exciting things, including visits from friends and ministry opportunities.  In the midst of it all, I’ll be seeking wisdom to balance my life in a way that is pleasing to God, neither giving my studies too much attention nor neglecting them, all while nurturing my Christian community in function of my time, energy, creativity, and ability.

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever.  Amen.”

—Jude 24-25

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