Change is Good!
SO much change has occurred in the past month. For example, I love cooking. However, having all my meals made for me in the caf and having a variety of foods to choose from is a REALLY cool concept. No worries though; my nutrition class has already taught me all the ways not to gain the ‘freshman fifteen.’ I do miss a good home-cooked meal every now and then. Yet still, change is inevitable, and I may as well get used to it.
A few other significant changes have occurred in areas besides my appetite. I found a new church home where I immediately knew I could grow spiritually and have opportunities to serve the community. The best advice I received about ‘church shopping’ was that no church would be like my home church, so do not spend months and months searching for something you are not going to find. It only took 3 Sundays to realize that Wallace Avenue Baptist Church was where I wanted to spend my Sunday mornings. Nothing in this world is perfect, but this little white church on Wallace St, Shawnee, OK comes pretty close. God is moving in their congregation and I am so excited to be a part of that. They even gave us a FREE t-shirt, and boy am I a sucker for free t-shirts. In all seriousness, I’m so thankful God led me to OBU and Wallace Ave. I truly believe this is all in His plan.
Another change is me realizing how great hats are. In high school you can’t wear them, so I’m just now realizing how helpful they are when I don’t feel like fixing my hair (which is just about always). Moral of the story, if you don’t have a hat, get one. They’re life changing.
And lastly, something that has changed (and is still changing) is my heart. I am learning that my plans and desires are pointless unless they are focused on Christ. In the Old Testament, when the Israelites stopped listening to God they never failed to mess up and would begin to worship idols over and over. I am just like the Israelites. We are all just. like. the Israelites. When our focus is shifted from Christ we begin to do life as if He is not the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and the all-powerful, all-mighty God. Therefore, my prayer these past few weeks have been for God to open my heart to whatever He has in store, asking Him to lead my every step. My calling, along with every Christ-followers calling, is to go and make disciples of all nations. Therefore, my heart cannot be closed to whatever my earthly human-nature wants me to do. It has to be ready for God to change me and bring me closer to Him everyday. To do that, I need to walk with the Lord and pray that my faith does not waver.
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”