Man, I sure do miss camp. I started university this year and it’s a BIG change. I haven’t been in school for a year and a half, so readjusting is teaching me some important things, that I hope you guys can relate to. Maybe you are starting high school, or middle school, or moving, or there is some other big change in your life you weren’t necessarily prepared for. Regardless, here’s what I’ve been learning!
It’s true we’d all love to think that we
will handle transitions flawlessly, but the
reality is that’s not easy for most people
to do. I’ll admit, I like people to think of me
as spontaneous and care-free, but when I
have a lot of new responsibilities and
schedule changes and moving and
homework and so on, I tend to be much
less ‘worry-free’ and ‘chill’. I find myself
thinking that it wasn’t supposed to be
this difficult and that no one else gets it.
That everyone else has it all together,
so I should too.
That’s a lie and you and I need to
remember that. Change is change, so of
course that requires a shift in your
thinking, schedule, relationships, and
other parts of our lives. That is normal, and
that is okay.
God’s constant love and mercy will NOT change.
In school, we learn so many things - so many conflicting things. We learn about how science has changed over the years, how theorists have gone back on forth on how to best predict behaviour. It’s all very temporary and there’s no guarantee that next year the consensus will be the same. It’s so conflicting.
This sometimes leads me to be quite cynical about life in general - how can I know anything is true? Luckily, God isn’t bound to our tiny brains that desperately try to make sense of all the intricacies of life. His word states this pretty clearly on more than one occasion;
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
“For I, the LORD, do not change…” Malachi 3:6
Pretty definitive, eh?
So what am I trying to say here? Our world and situations are constantly changing and it’s tricky for us to navigate. Lucky for us who know Jesus, we have one thing we can rely on, one ‘anchor for our souls’ (Hebrews 6:19). God’s constant love and mercy will NOT change, despite what we do or how much we mess up. And that is SUCH GOOD NEWS when we can’t rely on much else in our lives.
So as you guys are in school this year, remember who will always be there, no matter how much your friends or situations change.