Beginnings are always exciting. There’s just something about starting anew, so full of the potential that brings so much energy and hope for what is to come. But beginnings can also be pretty scary, with all the uncertainty and the weight of expectations, I tend to be quite anxious whenever it comes to starting something new.
This was particularly true two years ago on the three hour drive to be dropped off for my freshman year of college. Despite years of preparation and a whole summer of excitement, I found myself afraid of the unknown and worry began to creep in and make me believe that I was not ready. As I sat there trying not to have a full on breakdown, I tried to distract myself through good ol’ social media, where I came across the words of Joshua 1:9.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go…”
I was so comforted by these words, this promise, that God would be with me wherever I was, even when that means being three hours away from home and all alone in a new city, and I realized I had no reason to be scared of what was to come. Jumping forward two years later, here we are at the beginning of another school year and for me several new beginnings as a student, a leader in my fellowship, and a student blogger. Though I am still daunted at times with everything that could go wrong in these areas of my life, I find more comfort than ever in knowing that the Lord is with me through it all.
I am excited to see how God will work in me through the journey of the next few months. My hope is that through this blog I will be able to share both the excitement and worry that come from my everyday life and my preparations for Urbana. As each of us steps into this new year and all the new beginnings that come our way, may we all be comforted and emboldened in knowing that whatever happens, wherever we go, the Lord our God is with us.