I’m different than I used to be. Anyone who goes to college is going to come out different on the other side and I’ve already had my fair share of change. It all has to happen sometime. Once I pushed to spread my wings and escape from the nest, and now I sometimes miss the safety of it.
On break I realized how little my world was in high school. I picked my brother up from play practice one afternoon and went to say hello to some of the people I was in choir with my senior year of high school. It was great to see them and I felt an overwhelming sense of a bubble. Some people say we have an SPU bubble, which we totally do, but it was not nearly as protective as the one I had in high school.
The brick walls and tiled hallways greeted me with, I’ll hold your hand all the way.
Now I’m in college and most of the time no one is around to hold my hand. I’ve slowly figured it out on my own. I’ve discovered that no matter where I go I’ll always miss someone, I’ve learned that I have a lot of questions, and I’ve learned that I’m always going to have to make money and there will be no end to expenses. And I don’t think I’ve come close to fully learning that quite yet.
(At the moment I feel like I’m writing a reflection paper of sorts that would be required in a class, which probably isn’t the most entertaining thing to read. For that I am sorry. I’m also sorry that I haven’t written in so long. Many of you told me you’ve missed reading on a daily basis. Honestly, I have missed writing and I guess time just got away from me.)
While I am learning, I am growing. Know what? Growing hurts. I feel like I’m a tree, stretching and producing new bark while shedding the old. The growth of the tree branches is causing growing pains, much like it is hurting my heart to grow so much. I’ve discovered the saying what you know can’t hurt you happens to be very true.
There’s a lot of stuff in the world that hurts. Life isn’t fair, it really isn’t.
I’ve being doing my best to lean on God and trust him, but I need to do better. I need to figure out where I should start because it just so happens I’m terrible at reading my Bible.
I've discovered that, if I stitch God into the quilt I feel like I have become, I won’t ever fall apart. And that’s the beauty of it. He alone has the power to hold me together.
Just pray that I’ll remember that.