Hello again everyone!
I'm sure you've all noticed the new blog layout; I thought I'd address it so you're not distracted about it for the rest of the post. :) I decided it was time for a change, especially since the old layout hid some of the links and buttons and such. I may play around with backgrounds more. I definitely want to keep the banner because it fits me so well. Just need to find a good background to go with it.
Anyway, that said, on to my post.
It's the biggest transition I have made in my life, and the only way I'll make it successfully is by keeping my focus on Jesus, the One Who never changes and is by my side no matter what happens. Only He knows the unknown, and with Him there's no reason to fear.
But it's all rather bittersweet. I'm going to miss my violin teacher so much. We've become close friends over the years and made it through some tough times together. And the thought of a new teacher whom I have never met is a bit intimidating.
And all the things that I've been a part of... my part in them is ending. I'll miss seeing all those beautiful 4 and 5 year olds at church twice a month. I'll miss all the free time I've been enjoying this summer. I'll miss the times I've been able to have with my sister. I am commuting to college, but I don't think I'll have much time for anything but studying. So I'm going to adjust and be flexible. One of the books I've been reading is called "Fearless," by Max Lucado. One chapter talks about how when you're going through a storm, or a situation that throws you significantly off-balance - to keep your eyes fixed on the pilot - on Jesus. He is the light that lets you see what the next step is. He's the point of reference when the rest of the world is shifting crazily. And He is the One Who will keep you steady in the midst of a world falling apart. So for all of us who are going to college or through a big transition, I pray this: Jesus, I know You're going to walk us through this. Give us gentle reminders throughout the day of Your presence, and strengthen us to pursue excellence in everything.
When I tell people I'm starting college I get mixed reactions. 1. "Wow! Are you excited?" 2. "Ooh are you nervous?" 3. "You really don't look old enough to be a college student." (That last one scares me. Lol.)
1. Yes! 2. I'm trying not to be. 3. Yes, you're the 20th person to say that this month. (Maybe I'm exaggerating, but really... it's starting to get annoying.)
The first question is asked by people who know me well and have the utmost confidence that I WILL succeed in college. They've seen that I work hard and am strong in my faith. They're the ones that really help me see that college is an adventure, and that I will have fun even in the midst of all the hard work.
The second is asked by well-meaning friends/acquaintences. I never know what to say to that. "Um, not right now, but once it gets closer to the first day, I'll probably be nervous." But y'know... I don't even want to anticipate getting nervous. I don't have to be. Excited, focused, energized... that's what I want to be on the first day and throughout the next four years.
The third is asked by people who just found out my age. I've been told that I look younger than my age since I was around 11. But then there is that rare occasion when someone says I look my age or older. (I like those people. Lol!) But every time someone says that, I wonder if I'll fit in in college. Will people see me as beneath them because I'm short and look younger? Will I always be looking up at people, trying to change my appearance to be accepted? Or will I accept that God made me this small and use it to be a comfort to others in the same boat as me?
I think I'll choose the latter.
So anyway, those are my rather disorganized thoughts about college. And to those who will join me in this new and exciting adventure, welcome aboard! Let's keep our eyes on the Captain of the ship and not weary in our faith in Him.