Jeremiah 29:11 – "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (NIV)
It is half-past midnight right now, and I am still working on several papers as I write this devotional. The past few weeks have been incredibly stressful and emotional for me as I prepare for final exams and graduation in June. I don't know why this year is so much more stressful than the last — perhaps it is the fear of the unknown. School is a haven for the confused. The only worries one has are when one's deadlines for papers and projects are, but the real world scares most students to death.
While juggling academics, there is also the niggling fear of loss of social life. That is another stress of student life, trying to find time to develop friendships that support and heal. I find myself often placing my priorities in the wrong order; my spiritual life is rarely at the top.
I realize now that when we do not place God first, we lose our sense of focus, and our sense of self. I need to refocus the lens of my heart and soul on Jesus. He is our Northern Star, our lodestone, and our foundation. That is why the Christmas season is crucially important. It reminds us of the reason we are here. It teaches us the meaning of life, which so many lost people ponder on campus. It shows us that there is so much more in life than worrying about deadlines and studying for exams; there is living — to please our God.
Prayer: Father, search us and know us. When we lose focus, and stumble on the narrow road, provide us with support and comfort. As we reflect upon our celebration of Christmas, and as the New Year approaches, bless us all, and infuse the Holy Spirit within — light the fire again! Amen.