If I had one word to describe this summer, I would say ‘breezy.’ I’m talking ice cream cones, sandals that have grown dirty from outdoor adventures, and countless hours reading good books. The best of the best.
Throughout most of the season, my relationship with God has also felt breezy: very simple, gentle, and foundational. I studied the book of Colossians with a small group, which emphasizes the gospel. Much of my time in prayer and reading was spent marveling over the most foundational truths of the Bible: that Jesus is the reason for everything, that his life and death have freed me, and that I am brought to fullness in him. Just like the easy rhythms of summer, I was reminded daily of the sweet, sweet truths that make life possible.
Lately, though, the breezes have gained a certain chill to them. The season is changing, no matter how us Midwesterners pout and protest: and much is changing in my little life too. I am now finished with my job at the YMCA summer program, and soon will be starting my last undergraduate semester at college, resuming my beloved tutoring job, diving back into leadership with Cru, and planning whatever the heck will happen beyond December (as well as the wedding!). I’m excited for these changes, and the people and change of pace they’ll bring back to my life.
My Bible reading has also switched from Colossians to Numbers, which describes the Israelites’ wanderings in the desert. After God frees his people from slavery in Egypt, he leads them through wilderness towards a good land he has prepared for them. The journey is tough, though, and God’s people prove to be imperfect: whining about the food they’re given, choosing fearfulness instead of faith, rebelling against leadership, and even (multiple times) talking about how much better it was to be slaves in Egypt!
However, God continues leading these people through the wilderness, towards his promise. They have a good destination, and it’s God’s faithfulness that’s getting them through. Their feeble minds think that turning back is a good option, but God has something so much better for them.
The whole thing has reminded me that I have a destination: Heaven, the greatest land ever promised. No matter how breezy and full of little novelties my life is, I’m supposed to live with a purpose and a goal. Though I might feel like a whiny, aimless Israelite at times, the worst possible thing I could do is turn around and pursue the things of the world. We are called by God to seek the things that are above, to set our hearts and minds on them!
The message that has been reinforced in my mind through sermons and my own times with the Lord, is “keep on going.” That’s what I want to do as I step into this fall season: keep on going, with a destination in sight. The Lord has beautiful, wonderful things in store for us.
Hello! I'm Anna, a college student living in the Midwest. I'm a strong believer in uncontrollable laughter, powerful words, and a morning cup of coffee. I pray these posts will encourage you to live a full life with and for God: unhindered. Follow me on social media for post updates!