By Brook Ault
Finding Rest in Christ
We all have our expectations of college- crazy adventures with new friends, educational and academic success, exciting internship opportunities, a new sense of freedom, lifelong relationships; the list goes on and on. But, if you’ve had an experience similar to mine, you’ve probably discovered that college isn’t always easy. As a freshman here at Olivet, I’ve experienced how incredibly difficult it can be to move away from home, adjust to a completely new environment, keep up with an enormous amount of course work while running on about zero hours of sleep, deal with awkward roommate conflict, resist the urge to venture to Culvers’ every night for a large cookie dough mixer, budget your very, very, small amount of spending money, find a job, manage a social life, and drag yourself to your 8:00 a.m. in the mornings when all you really want to do is hit the snooze button and stay in bed all day. The fact of it is, college can be exhausting. However, in the midst of the stressful times in our lives, we can find peace and rest in knowing that the same God who created the moon and stars is walking along side us every day.
Exodus 33:14 says ‘The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”’ These words of truth remind us that, even when we experience stress or doubt, we can find a sense of peace in the fact that God is working in our lives. This truth is incredibly important to remember and can carry us through even the most exhausting times in our life.
Whatever it be, whether you’re running late to class, drowning in homework, overwhelmed with anxiety due to relationship conflict, struggling to plan your future, running on less than three hours of sleep, or busting your tail just to pass a class, the perfect cure could be to stop, take a breath, and allow peace to wash over your body, remembering that we can always find rest in the fact that our God is alive and with us.