It’s been way too long since I’ve last posted. But I felt like I needed to post this. I’ve been thinking a lot about following Jesus because I’ve been listening to Judah Smith’s most recent series, “The Truth About Following Jesus.” And it’s hectic. I’ve always wanted to know the next step as to where I’m going and as to what I want to do with my life. And especially in college, everyone is always asking- “So what are your dreams? What are you going to do after college? What’s next?” And I do have plans and desires in my heart of what I would like to do after, but ultimately, following Jesus is just taking it 5 minutes at a time. Following him for the next 30 seconds. And then another 30 seconds. It isn’t easy following Jesus but it’s so worth it seriously. And during chapel yesterday, it talks about trusting God and I’ve been having a tough time trusting him lately for finances, but God spoke to me during chapel to be patient in the waiting. The speaker spoke on Luke 5 and how Simon Peter hadn’t caught any fish all night. But when Jesus asked Simon to fish once more, even though he thought that he knew better and that HE indeed was the fishing expert, he obeyed. So even when things are seeming to go in a different direction or you’re feeling disappointed, just keep being faithful with what God has placed in your hands, keep being consistent, keep loving people. The speaker compared this concept to Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid- and it blew my mind! The kid wanted to learn karate but Mr. Miyagi instead have him a sponge and told him to”wax on wax off” and then he gave him a paint brush and told him to paint, etc. And he could have given up since it didn’t seem like he was actually learning karate. But he kept being faithful, he kept showing up and he was patient in the waiting. And in the end, these seemingly mundane chores he was given to do by Mr. Miyagi were the means for what he needed to do karate.
So my encouragement for you today friend, is whatever season you’re in Ecclesiastes 3 – God has made everything beautiful in its time. So find the beauty in every season and in every moment. Even when it’s hard. Recently my friend told me, “You can’t get the harvest without the waiting.” So just when you feel like you can’t be any more patient for your promise, just try waiting 30 more seconds. Try following Jesus for 30 more seconds. Try trusting in Him for 30 more seconds. You got this.