It’s easy to forget God during the exciting times in our lives. With so much to see and do, it’s very simple to skip out on devotionals, Bible reading, church going and the like. However, it’s important to not give into this temptation. We need God in the good times and the bad times. God is not a last-ditch effort. He’s not the 9-1-1 call you make when you get desperate. Only calling on God when you need him is not a true relationship.
At the beginning of the semester, I lacked motivation to do devotionals and to talk to God daily. However, as the weeks dragged on, I felt more and more isolated and empty. I realized I had been missing the word of the Lord and the feeling of his presence.
I began to listen to sermons to and from school, which radically began changing my time here. I felt full and satisfied, and more on fire for God’s plans for me. I found a local church here and a Christian group, both of which I greatly enjoy. I began to journal more, and began to hear God more in my day-to-day life. I didn’t always like everything he said, as there were aspects of my life God wanted me to change and fix. Changing is never easy.
However, I’m trying to be faithful to the things God is telling me. I am trying to follow his commandments, even if they make me uncomfortable or they pain me. I know that I am not my own, but his. Though it was difficult to follow his plans, the moment I gave over my will, I felt a sense of peace wash over me. Even while I continually war and lament over all the growing pains God has in my life, I recognize that they are for my benefit and a true sign of his radical love for me and all of humanity.