It’s that time of year again: flu season. Not even a month into the new year and I already caught the flu. Earlier this week, I woke up with a stuffy nose and a scratchy throat. It’s an uncomfortable feeling, nevertheless there is something about being sick on rainy days that makes being lazy feel a lot more productive. Yesterday, my entire day consisted of making a bowl of soup, drinking a cup of tea, and streaming a lot of my favorite shows.

Similar to the nurse’s office in High School, Biolans who are feeling a little under the weather can visit The Health Center on campus. It’s staffed with registered nurses and medical professionals. Pictured above is a wall stocked with complimentary over-the-counter medicine, an ideal resource for that college budget. When it finally stopped raining, I made my way to the health center, made an appointment, grabbed some medicine, and left. This place has been my refuge for the past couple of days. Shout out to all the people working there –– you guys rock!

The lamest thing about being sick is that you have to stay in bed all day. To some, that may be paradise, however to me it’s a form of torture. While comforting at first, I feel like I’m wasting precious time that I could be using to catch up on reading, or finally getting around to apply to some scholarships or other scholarships. I could be doing so many other productive things, but instead I’m bedridden.

I guess all that medicine I took helped because this morning I felt well enough to go to chapel this morning where Tamra Malone talked about how God allocated rest to his people in the Old Testament. It was a simple and short message, yet it was very impactful. I remember she said that we shouldn’t “rest from our work, but we should be working from our rest”. Our rest should be something that revives us. In this time before the semester starts, I'm kind of glad I got sick; it’s forcing me to slow down and recharge.