Two mini topics are going to be shared this time; no worries, there is a connection (I think.) One topic is the campus carnival that happened today at Lyco. This fundraiser for clubs and organizations on campus helped me discover something beautiful that I really needed to be reminded of lately. For an hour I was stationed at the UCM table, where you could try the semi-challenging game of “Stand A Bottle.” While watching participants over and over again try to stand up a glass bottle with a ring at the end of a pole, the Holy Spirit worked inside of me. Let’s say: God is the person trying to win a piece of candy from standing the bottle upright, we are the ring, and Jesus is the bottle. Please take a moment to envision playing this game. Trying to put the ring on the bottle is probably the hardest part; patience is required if you’re like me and have shaky hands. The ring will get so close to the top but often it slivers around the edge or completely misses all together. The first objective is to get the ring around the mouth of the bottle so you can then concentrate on finally standing the bottle up (which is frustrating at times if and when the bottle swivels around and doesn’t stay in one place.) Watching this being done multiple times let me realize…
This red ring (us) doesn’t give up because there is someone helping at the other end of the pole (God.) All God wants to do is help and guide us into something extraordinary (Jesus.) God knows that we have the strength to stand upright with Jesus and walk alongside of Him but the swiveling done by the ring (us) exemplifies the conflict and sin in our life that keeps us from Jesus. Thankfully after patience and understanding of the way the world works, contact with Jesus is made – all thanks to the help of God (who was there all along.) Once the ring and the bottle connect, strength is created through love for one another and then both are able to stand up and keep going. Without Jesus, we slip and slide all over the place. We can’t do this thing called “life” alone.
Which brings me to topic number two.
I’m worn, already. Yes I’ve only completed one week of my senior year in college so far…but man am I irritable, busy, and just physically, emotionally, and spiritually worn out at the moment. I’m praying that the upcoming weeks and months will be better, while also reminding myself that the unexpected silver linings in my day are because of my faith. Jesus is walking along side of me and I know He isn’t going anywhere. Because of being busy and stressed lately, my depression has taken some deep dives too. Negative thoughts run through my mind often; however, Friday night helped a lot. City Alliance held a get together for students to play lawn games and eat pizza on the Quad. It was wonderful, even though I would not have known that because I almost didn’t go. Watching from my bedroom window (yes I’m a creeper because this particular window happens to be right in front of where Jared set up this event) let me soak in my sadness in private. Eventually, something inside of me chased away the negative thoughts and my mind flooded with positive reminders. My friends were outside. Pizza was outside. Corn-hole was outside. God was outside, always close by. I felt lifted and when I arrived I was greeted with hugs and smiles that warmed my heart. God has placed certain people in my life for especially on the days when I feel down and all I want is a hug. He is amazing like that. He is good all the time and He never runs out of patience and love for me. He never runs out of His righteousness for you either! Whether you’re a student anticipating this upcoming week of classes (like me) or an adult with a job to go to tomorrow, I hope you take the time to rest in His presence. If you’re worn out, soak in His word. If you’re stressed, cry out to Him (and sometimes that means literally.) Know that everything will be okay. & I pray that this next week full of classes, events, meetings, homework, and more is one full of silver linings. I pray that you be reminded of your strength to make it through each day. You are beautiful and wonderful, and sometimes a worn out bottle, but with Jesus lifting you up, anything is possible. ❤