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Keep Calm and… Do Your Homework

IMG_1892Picture by Jamie Wilson

Hello, everyone!

I am currently recovering from a week of roughing it (9 days camping on a self- sufficient island) and thought I would take advantage of this time to update my blog… It’s been a while since my last post, I know!

School has been keeping my schedule pretty full, and honestly I’ve been struggling to balance everything. Am I the only one who feels like school/study time clashes with worship/God time? I’m learning to see God in my study time as well; I know this is where He wants me and therefore my obedience to study is a form of worship, but I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not easy or exactly fun.  I’m way more interested in my study of Isaiah right now than I am in Organic Chemistry…

Another class I’m taking this semester is Marine Science which I’m actually very interested in, but I made a little mistake the week before last by choosing to skip a homework assignment… And I got burned for it. Quite literally.

Just to give a little detail- this Marine Science class revolved around a trip to the Florida Keys over spring break (which was last week—hence the whole camping on a self-sufficient island thing) and for homework we were to practice with our snorkel gear in the campus recreation pool before the real deal.

Well… Because I had two tests the week we left, I allowed myself to ignore that little voice inside me saying, “Go practice” and instead listened to the voice that said, “Snorkeling? Oh that’s cheesecake… How hard could it be?”

Yeah.

So when the moment of truth came, I was too scared to jump in the water, and once I finally gave myself enough of a pep talk and went for it, it kinda went downhill pretty fast.  Water flooded my goggles and breathing tube, so I blindly started drifting away from the dock while trying to randomly kick any way I could to keep myself afloat and from colliding with the guy beside me.  Failing miserably with: getting the salt water out of my eyes, keeping myself afloat and from being a hazard to the other dude- I just grabbed on to the nearest random post out from the dock.  Bad… Bad idea.

Slowly making my way to the shore and dragging myself out of the water, I became aware of a burning sensation under my arm… Five minutes later I literally thought my arm was going to fall off, which made me quite anxious, as you could imagine.

“Fire coral” is as just delightful as its name suggests…

So the next 24 hours I got to deal with something that felt like a permanent blow torch stationed under my arm, and I probably became the most annoying, whiny person in the group!  If only I had done my homework…

Paralleling this with my faith, I couldn’t help but wonder afterwards how many times I had put myself and others around me in danger because I failed to accomplish the assignment God had given me… How many times Satan had been able to burn me because my lack of obedience and faith drove me to try to stay afloat by grabbing ahold of what I thought would be a helpful, momentary relief… Only to find out later it was a facade, vividly coated in flames all along; I was just unprepared and so distracted by the waves around me that I was too blind to see its obvious presence.

How do we expect to stay afloat if we don’t do our homework? And if we can’t keep ourselves afloat, then how can we be a life-raft for others? We can’t.

 “Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted…. Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap, because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.”

Galatians 6:7-9

 Let’s choose to be good students and do our homework… It’s for Jesus!

P.S.  If you’re looking for some assignments, try starting with 1 Timothy 4:11-16:

“Command and teach these things. Let no one despise your youth; instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, give your attention to public reading, exhortation, and teaching. Do not neglect the gift that is in you… Practice these things; be committed to them, so that your progress may be evident to all. Pay close attention to your life and your teaching; persevere in these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

IMG_8476The view was stunning… I cannot wait to see the crystal sea in heaven!

DSC02416Photo Credit: Tabbitha Beckens

My friends and I agreed to jump on the count of three… But I changed my mind mid-count.

(Or turned into a chicken… Possibly)

 DSC02418 Photo credit: Tabbitha Beckens 

The lovely post I hung on to was similar to this one^^^

IMG_8479I’ll leave you with my favorite spot from the whole trip… Taken at Bahia Honda.

🙂

Be blessed!

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