Y’all…. Y’all, the next guest to share her thoughts with you is a girl who was the sweetest surprise to my senior year of college. We met in a student organization at THE greatest university in the entire world, Texas A&M University- WHOOP! Savannah was my little in Christian Business Leaders (shout out!!!). Shortly after our first coffee date I knew Savannah and I would have more than a big/little relationship (I am realizing that I probably sound like every basic college girl right now but its true!).
Savannah is a deep thinker, peacemaker, achiever, and one of the most loyal friends you would ever meet. She cares deeply about digging into the word everyday and I am so excited for you to read her convictions. . .
Hey y’all! My name is Savannah, and I am currently a sophomore at Texas A&M University, A-A-A-A-A! I’m a Supply Chain major in the Mays Business School, and if you’re asking yourself what exactly a Supply Chain major is, don’t worry, you are not alone! I didn’t know the first thing about it until I came to college.
I’m the youngest of three sisters, and when I’m not at college, I spend most of my time with my amazing mom back home in Austin, Texas. College is both everything and nothing like I expected it to be and God is continually teaching me new things every day. It can be exhausting and frustrating but also so fulfilling and exhilarating as I face each and every opportunity and try my very best to further the Kingdom with it.
Most days I start off asking God the same two things…“God help me to love others and further your Kingdom” … and of course to pass any upcoming tests and assignments I may have hahaha.
Recently I’ve been going through the book of Mark, and though I’m only on chapter 14, God has consistently been revealing to me countless things that I’m beginning to see in a new light. Some passages I’ve read many times and others I’m less familiar with, but God uses both all the same.
Isn’t that funny how that works?
Sometimes I’ll see a whole passage, but other times it’s as simple as how I interpret one word. In one instant God can completely change my view.
It’s kind of like starting a new year if you think about it. Most likely, you can and will live a life similar to one in 2018…and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that! However, that does not mean that God cannot change your view of it in an instant. In fact, the odds are that I will face some of the same struggles, problems, and stresses that plagued me in 2018 but that does not mean I have to deal with them in the same way and neither do you. Through my study in Mark, God has brought many of His truths to my attention, but one, in particular, has been on my mind for the past couple of days. It is one of the truths I hope to carry with me into the new year in an effort to alter how I see and deal with things.
Before I get to that though, I believe it needs a bit of a precursor. Now it’s no surprise that Jesus’ road to the cross was long and arguably can be defined by one word: unjust. However, we, as followers of Christ, know that Jesus wasn’t sent here to live a life untouched by the sins of man for he came to save those very people from their sins.
As I read through Mark though, Jesus makes it extraordinarily clear that at any given moment, He could have just said a word and ended it all, but we never saw that happen. Why? Because His love for us was so great, turning back was not an option. Because if He didn’t save us, then no one could. Because we are His children and if nothing else, we are the objects of a love so incredible–so beautiful that until we stand face to face with the one who made it all we won’t be able to understand it truly.
This brings me to the attitude that I hope you all will join me in living out through 2019 when faced with adversity or struggles placed in our path we should spend less time worrying about why we are going through it and more time about how best we can glorify God with it. Because spending less time surprised or even angry over the speed bumps of life, mean more time for us to notice and allow God to work through us in his plan for redemption.
As Christians, we are told to expect struggles and difficulties, just as Jesus himself experienced. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice when he came and died for our sins, but that did not guarantee us a life free of adversity, as much as we might wish otherwise. I think a lot of us get caught up being angry and confused as to why we find ourselves in less than ideal situations, while all the while we could be missing the very opportunities Jesus has placed right in front of us. It’s one thing to be told that we should expect adversity because of the path we, as Christians, have chosen for ourselves but it’s another thing entirely to live that out each and every day.
Living that out means trusting in God’s plan every time a conversation doesn’t go the way you had hoped. Living that out means looking for the bright side in less than bright situations. Living that out means setting an example for those around you in how you deal with hard news. When we place our trust in the One who never fails, we can take heart because we know how the story ends, even when the world says differently.
Now, I will be the first to admit that many times I have failed to trust in God when hard times came my way, but that does not mean I will ever stop redirecting my focus on Him and I encourage you to do the same.
I hope that the next time you are toe-to-toe with one of life’s giants, you will stop and ask not “why” but “how” — How can you use me in this God? How could my actions honor and point others to you?
One of my good friends from college has a sign in her room that I am often reminded of, as it has become our inside joke of sorts, and it reads, “The struggle is real, but so is God.” I cannot promise you the struggles of life will get any, but I can guarantee you that our God is Faithful in each and every situation.
I hope y’all are able to find some encouragement in this and be reminded yet again of our Father’s love for us! Thanks for stopping by!