Trusting God in the Midterm Storm
Sometimes it seems like our struggles are too great. When we approach a time like midterms, the immediate panic sets in and we fear that we cannot get everything done, study well enough, or make it to other activities. Even worse, we might even push God to the back of our minds. It’s only through placing Him at the center of everything we do that we will ever have the strength to continue on and make it through any and every season of life, including midterms.
I understand the struggle of hitting that mid-semester crunch. Papers and tests magically appear out of thin air. The big project due at the end of the semester suddenly seems closer. The world simply seems like it’s going to crash. The good news: it’s not.
If we are Christians, then we know we have rest and peace in the Savior who calls us His own.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light,” (NLT).
Jesus is telling us we can give everything to Him; ultimately, He can carry what we cannot. We are not and cannot be strong without Him, but with Him we have someone we can cast all our cares onto (1 Peter 5:7), and through Him we can do all things (Philippians 4:13).
This semester has already proven to me that God is with us in the middle of it all. My year started off a bit shaky before I got into the swing of things, but I’ve been blessed to stay connected with friends even during busy times.
I came across a situation where I had to completely lean into God saying, “You know what is best for me, and I know that whatever happens, it’s Your plan, and it’s in Your hands.”
There was loss and there was joy. Midterms are just another phase that God will see me through, and He will see you through it too. God hears our prayers (Psalm 66:17-20, John 9:31, Matthew 21:22, 1 John 5:14-15), and He will hear yours through midterms.
Don’t stop reading Scripture. Don’t stop praying. Don’t stop seeking His presence, even when you become busy. It is by His grace, love, and mercy that we are even here to be busy, so it is also by Him that we will not only get through it but succeed to new heights. All we need to do is put our complete trust in Him even when that seems difficult and remember to first seek the One who created us.