Recently, a friend emailed me and asked what God’s been teaching me while I’m in Belgium. I was a little worried because I thought I would have to write “nothing” but I didn’t want to give that as an answer.
Before I could even consider responding to him, I had about fifty other emails to send out because I’ve entered a time of sheer lunacy at school.
As an exchange student, the first 2-4 weeks of the new semester are very crazy. They say there’s lots of help available, but in reality, no one really wants to help you.
You’re left floundering in a sea of confusion, trying desperately to choose courses that satisfy the host school’s rules and also satisfy your home school’s program requirements. You also have to consider the amount of credits, the level of study, the language barrier, the pre-reqs, etc… It’s all such a headache.
On top of that there are other things going on in life too and it can quickly feel overwhelming.
If you’re someone like me, you’re used to having it all together, having all the answers and people relying on you for information and support.
You can’t really support others when you feel like you’re lost and drowning yourself.
But in the midst of all that, God is good! He is always good!
That’s what God’s been teaching me – “Rely on me; Trust in me; Lay your burdens down at my feet; Take rest in me, take courage, take heart. I AM your peace. I AM in control.”
It’s an incredible reminder that the Creator loves me despite or in spite of my failings, short-comings and imperfections.
I don’t always have to have it all together because He does. And sometimes us perfectionists really need a good kick in the bum to remind us that we’re human and imperfect.
No matter what happens with school, or work, or our social lives, God is sovereign, He is love and we don’t need to worry.
I want to encourage you that no matter what ridiculousness you find yourself stranded in, God knows exactly where you are, what you need and He knows the outcome too. He loves you and He wants you to lean on Him.
In other news, this is one of my shortest posts ever I think. But more importantly, I spent two days in England last weekend. It was my very first time in the UK and it was very exciting!
And recently I’ve come to realize how common it is to have to dodge dog poo on the streets. It’s a daily struggle really… but it’s even worse when you’re trying to get home but have to consciously avoid large piles of dog poo, trees, construction and traffic… It’s actually quite terrifying. And very dangerous.
I also almost stepped in vomit on my way to school… But thank you, drunk person for, at the very least, taking a bus…