Tis’ the season to be jolly … We flew past Thanksgiving break, and so many of us are “just trying to make it” to Christmas break. Thinking of curling up by the fire with our family, Christmas Eve services, and counting down into the New Year. At this point in college, we are finishing a lot of last minute quizzes and tests before dead week and finals week. So many people are “just making it,” or wanting to fly through the motions to get past these stressful three weeks and on to the next break.
We are in the season of traveling, and this reminds me of trying to catch a flight. The chaos of getting to the airport, checking in, getting through security, and boarding. Think about … as the world continues on in its busy fashion, we are speeding through the air, not allowing ourselves to be touched by the outside world. We are just sitting, hoping to get to our destination as soon as possible. This is exactly what some of us are doing right now in school and we shouldn’t. We are rushing through classes, just trying to get things done, and get back home. Personally, I know I originally just wanted to get finals over with and get back to family, rest, and no stress. Now, I realize that we all need to appreciate each moment that the Lord has given us because it is a gift. We all need to turn off the travel mode we have set on our lives.
My first attempt at turning off my travel mode was this morning. I walked out of my dorm and a brisk wind hit my face. It was perfectly cold outside. I stopped to soak in everything that was around me. The trees were beautiful colors: yellows, bright reds, oranges. The ground was covered with leaves, and there was a crunching sound with each step you took just to make you smile. Walking to class, there were little kids smiling, laughing, and playing in the oval. In class, my friends were by my side, and we were all trying to grasp the last few concepts before finals. In all of this, as Christians, we should be able to see God’s beauty. Just to stop and see how wonderful He is in everything; The peace we can find if we just focus our attention back to Him.
These last few weeks I have a challenge: do not rush through, do not settle with “barely making it through” these final three weeks of the semester. Enjoy them! Cherish the time you have on this campus with your friends and your OBU family. Some of us will be graduating soon, and others this is just the beginning. No matter where we are individually, as a whole, it is more fulfilling to stop and appreciate all that God has given us, instead of rushing through to the next week or break. We need to be grateful for each moment that the Lord gives us, because the next isn’t promised. Finding joy in every situation isn’t easy, but I promise that it will be worth it.