I’ve always been one who likes to be busy. Honestly, no matter how hard I try to relax and find free time, there’s always something that I need to get done and I forget to make time for myself and God. For most people, when midterms are over, things get a little lighter before the high stress of finals. For me, midterms are just the beginning.

This semester, I’ve been in a million different places –– producing the Biola Film, co-leading a small group at my church, being a full time student, working part-time with Biola Admissions, and trying to maintain a social life. My junior year so far is best pictured with me being in the middle of a storm or, more specifically, a hurricane. When I’m in the middle of the storm, it’s easy for me to get overwhelmed and lost in the commotion. But when I invite God into my busyness and center myself around Christ, it’s like being in the eye of a hurricane. I am still. It’s peaceful. I can find rest, yet the storm around me has not changed; it’s still the same commotion.
A passage that I tend to meditate on when I get overwhelmed is Psalm 46. It reads:
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
He burns the shields with fire.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Every time I allow myself to slow down, read this passage, and pray, I find comfort and peace knowing that God is an all powerful God who loves and cares for me. He is with me every step of the way, but it is only when I look to Him that will I find rest and peace in knowing that He is God.
So how am I doing on this fine Sunday? Well, I’m busy. I’m a busy woman and knowing me, I probably always will be. But I am doing well because I am at rest knowing that my Father in Heaven loves me and He will guide me out of the storm. I can only hope this short snippet into my life has been encouraging to you. Know that God is a loving God who wants to give His children rest as they come to Him and simply be still in the storm.