The academic semester is well underway for students and it is by this time many are feeling the pressure.
It is amazing that no matter if you are a brand new student or a 5th year senior this is the point of the semester that hits people fast and hard.
This happens all to often in life doesn’t it? No matter if you are in a new season or a familiar stage of life, it is easy to become weary and weak.
Often times stress will impact the body in a number of ways. Many people begin to feel sick and forgo eating.
How does one cope? How do we keep our head above the rising waters until we reach land? If we reach land? We will reach land right?
Often times words like “this too shall pass” are passed around like cheat-sheets in math class.
However there is profound truth in statements like the one above. In fact if we can remember that the pain/stressed experienced today is only for a moment then maybe we can press on.
“What about pain/stress bigger than an upcoming school assignment?”
Many people deal with severe personal struggles. We are reduced to suffering in silence as culture has taught us to “fake it until we make it.” Our strength is found in how well we can hide the pain.
This is dangerous to believe as it keeps people disconnected from one another as well as teaches people that true strength comes from isolation. Thus making building community and authentic relationship even more challenging.
One must remember that as we wrestle through life no matter the struggle we can rejoice as God is working in us something far greater. When is the last time you faced a trial or stress and you shouted Praises out to God?!
Knowing that God is using this for a far greater purpose can help with perspective. In the Bible Paul says it this way when referencing what he goes through on behalf of the church
16 Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. 17 For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. 18 So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-17
Here Paul understand that his afflictions faced in this world were for the people in which God has called him to minister to.
What if the afflictions you faced were helping you prepare for the seeds you would plant in someones life one day. While you may never rest under the trees those seeds would produce, is it still worth it? OF COURSE!
Remember, that while you may be feeling tired and weary with no end in sight God is using this and producing in you something far beyond comprehension. These trials serve a purpose and are working in your favor for your good.
Keep your eyes on the bigger picture trusting that God is always at work. Missing this can cause a tougher time than needed. While the trial by fire is only meant to purify giving up will allow it to consume you, something it was not designed to do.