it’s been a while since i’ve written. it’s weird writing an entry without being at camp. but it feels good to be back, so to speak.
it’s tuesday evening on the first week of classes. already it feels like i’ve been back for weeks. i think this semester’s gonna be a good one; i have seventeen hours that i’m taking, and it’s a lot fuller than last semester, but i like the classes i’m in, and the schedule i have is going to be good. monday’s my toughest day, with four classes right in a row in the morning and then a night class. but the rest of the week isn’t that bad. i am definitely going to have to schedule my time well this semester though. better than last semester.
i decided not to do kids hope this year. i’m going to be leading a bible study and doing volunteer work with my social work class, and the fact is that while the time commitment wouldn’t kill me, i won’t be able to emotionally and mentally invest well in both. i am going to be doing college mentors again though. between that, bible study, cru, discipling someone, and every now and then helping with awana at new life, i’ll have enough on my plate, and more than enough to keep me happy and involved.
being back at new life was so awesome. i just love the community and the message. we’re going through a series called “question and answer,” where members of the church have put in suggestions of topics they want covered, and pastor bob is taking a couple weeks to address some of them. the one we went over this week was whether or not prayer actually accomplishes anything–basically contemplating between the sovereignty of God and the communication we have with Him. if He plans what’s going to happen, then what’s the point of praying for His will to lean in a certain direction? pastor bob used the example of hezekiah in the old testament, and how a prophet told him that the Lord said he was to die in a few days. when hezekiah prayed ernestly to the Lord, He told the prophet to tell hezekiah that not only did he get fifteen more years, but that the Lord would bring justice to assyria, who had been sort of bullying the country for a while. in a nutshell, the conclusion was this: God is absolutely sovereign, and He planned everything that has happened and is happening and is going to happen, before the earth was even created. however, our prayers as His children are a major factor in His will… not in changing it necessarily, but in accomplishing it.
it’s a really awesome concept, i think. i believe it goes deeper than that as well (and i’m sure pastor bob probably would have covered it had there been more time). God could totally accomplish His will without our prayers; He is absolutely powerful and capable. however, He specifically incorporates us into bringing about His plan, and in a way that inevitably draws us closer to Him. without prayer (for me personally, at least), my relationship would be nowhere near as close as it is now. it was the main way i grew in my relationship over the summer, simply because i didn’t have a ton of time to be in the word.
anyway. God’s been really awesome. just in reminding me that He is always with me, and that no matter what i do, what sin i fall back into, He is there with open arms. beautiful truth.
all riiiiiiiiiiight. i have to get some homework done before i head to bed (early tonight, i swear!).
until next time.