How To Find God In Slow Seasons

I walked into Target last week and my eyes instantly filled with tears. Granted, I'm sure I'm not the only one who gets a little misty eyed by the wonders of the Dollar section, but this time it was the sight of number two pencils and  three ring binders that made me weepy. Fall and pumpkin spice everything is nice, Winter is wonderful because of all the delicious holiday desserts, and Spring is always glorious... but Back-to-School season is hands down my favorite season of them all.

As the remaining days of summer drift away, another semester of school approaches. Depending on your personality, this can either be exciting, intimidating, dreadful or just whatever. I find that on a good day, it's a mix of all of those emotions. And on a bad day, I just want to take refuge in my bedroom with nothing but seven seasons of my favorite netflix show and some Oreos to keep me company.

If only life were that simple.

On quiet summer days, life trickles by at a slower pace. There's more time for reading the Word of God, more time for intentional conversations and meetings with other believers. Prayer doesn't have to be rushed or generic--there's beautiful time to be slow and careful and intentional with every second.

And then school starts and well, I'm lucky if I remember to brush my hair... once a week.

Maybe you too have experienced a summer of spiritual growth. Maybe you've seen God move in unbelievable ways over the past couple of months. Mission trips, helping at church, mentoring younger girls--whatever it may be for you, you've seen the hand of God at work in your life. And maybe you're like me, and you too don't want that to stop.

If our desire is to keep growing in the Word, keep walking in step with Jesus, and keep living out His plan for our lives, we have to be intentional. It's easy to focus on our faith when the distractions are limited. But at college, it's safe to say the distractions (both good and bad!) are unlimited. It can be difficult to hear His voice over the classroom discussion and general clamor of a college campus.

But He wants us to seek Him just as fervently in the busy seasons as He does in slow ones.

We have the potential to grow just as much during the semester as we have during the summer.

Whatever this next season holds --whether that be returning to a familiar place, going somewhere new, starting a new job, switching majors-- my prayer is that we all adjust with grace and the intention to keep growing in Christ. There will be a million things trying to grab our attention (much like the million things in the Target Dollar Section that I definitely don't need, but somehow, always make me reach for my wallet.) but Christ is most important. His worth is far above grades and due dates, sororities and parties, friends and whatever else we may encounter this semester. It may be difficult and require more effort to keep pursuing Christ as earnestly during school - but it will be worth it.

And now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to stock up on an unnecessary amount of spiral notebooks and mechanical pencils. And tissues! Because we all know the effect school supplies have on my tear ducts. 

 

Karissa // @karissanickish