Tis the season for stress. For mountains of homework and an endless string of due dates that loom over the heads of overworked college students. If you’re anything like me, you would have put things off as much as you can. A feeble attempt to save a few of your marbles only to lose them again at the end of the semester. You think you’ve mastered the art of procrastination, but all the things you’ve put off eventually catch up to you. I have made this mistake more times than I care to admit.
Along with procrastination, I have also become skilled in the “do-it-myself” department. More often than not, I find myself trying to plan a way around my demons rather than asking God for help in conquering them. Each time I do this, I find myself falling deeper and deeper in to my little grave of hopelessness and self-pity. A finger beckons me to come closer to the grave, and a voice calls out for me to “just give up” and to “quit while you still can.” As tempting as that is, there is always another voice that calls to me louder than my grave. It tells me I “can’t give up yet,” because “there is still hope.”
Matthew 15:21-28 shares the story of a Canaanite woman who decided to listen to the voice telling her to hold out for hope. In the story, the woman comes to Jesus to ask for his help in healing her daughter who was possessed by a demon. She asks, she pleads, she hopes that Jesus will heal her child because she knows what he is capable of. In the end, Jesus tells her that, because of her faith, her daughter is healed.
So what does this mean for me? In my mind, this story serves as a reminder of how important faith can be. It amazes me how someone can put all of their trust and faith in God, actively asking him for something over and over again, when all they have is the hope that he can answer their prayers. I find myself realizing that I need to stop worrying so much about what I can do to get everything done, and look to God for help. There will be times when I am answered with a “no” or a “not yet,” and there will be times when I give in to the other voice, but God is always stronger. Even in the midst of my demons and stress, he gives me hope for a brighter future.
- THIS THURSDAY: HOPE SERIES // Tomorrow, Thursday, November 30 at 8pm // Lang Hall // Jesse Henkle from Orchard Hll's Waverly Campus will be speaking! Also, bring new toys to BASIC (this week or next week) to donate to Christmas at Walnut. See graphic for volunteer opportunities!
- BRUNCH IN WAVERLY // Sunday, December 3 after the 9:30am service // OHC Waverly Campus // Roll out of bed, come to church, and feast on a delicious brunch! Bring a friend!
- CREATE // Sunday, December 3 from 1-3pm // 1907 Franklin St. Cedar Falls // Come join us for an afternoon of painting on wood slices -- perfect Christmas gift or decoration for your home. Supplies provided. $10. Limited Space.
- NEXT THURSDAY: CHRISTMAS BASIC // Thursday, December 7 at 7pm // Nazareth Lutheran Church (on the corner of University and Main) Do not go to Lang Hall! // Join us for a special student-led service as 5 students share their stories along with special music and dance performances. ALL ARE WELCOME -- grab a friend, classmate, family member, professor, mentor, or stranger for this community service! (Childcare provided for birth - 2 yr old)
- NEXT THURSDAY: FREE SUPPER // Thursday, December 7 at 6pm // Nazareth Lutheran Church // You guys -- cheddar broccoli soup, chili, ham sandwiches, cheese sandwhiches, crackers, dessert, and scratch cupcakes. See YOU there.
- SPRING BREAK // Mission trips to Haiti and Jamaica are offered through BASIC. See contact information on graphic below to learn more!
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