It’s September. I love all Imonths ending in “ember” and “ober” (of course). Those months mean cool air, football, candles, good food, laughter, and holidays. I’m happy to have August behind me now because I’ve finally acclimated into this new semester. It’s crazy to be able to say ‘m a senior in college. As cliche as it may sound, I seriously never thought I’d be able to say that. There were days when I contemplated dropping out of college and days when I felt like it would take me way too long to graduate. I have 2 more semesters with an internship in between, but that’s okay by me. I’m glad the light at the end of the tunnel has started to shine…dimly.
The past few weeks have been a roller coaster. Between the typical stress of college and then with personal life details, I have felt so overwhelmed. God has been faithful, as always, to provide me with sweet friends and loving people to lift me up of course. I’ve struggled to fully feel appreciated and loved. That sounds crazy I know. Most people think that I have so many friends and am such a social butterfly, which is true. There are few, however, that I feel that I can actually let my hair down with and be vulnerable about what’s really in my head. I’m blessed though. I’m blessed for the handful of friends who have spiritually invested in me every day for years now. I’ve been actively working to praise the Lord for those people. I’ve been praising the Lord for the struggles because deep down (WAY deep down haha) I can see how it’s growing me and making me a stronger person at the core.
Growing pains are hard. When God grows us into who he wants us to be, sometimes that stretching is a terribly painful feeling especially when we don’t quite understand why He’s doing it the way He is. I am a testimony of that right now. Often times, I become way too wrapped up in my own problems that I self centeredly forget to look at other people. I’m blinded by my own struggles. This past week, it’s almost like God grabbed my face and shook me saying “Avonlea, I have you. I..have.you. Look around you and open your eyes to see and hear that there are people who share your pain and who need to be reminded that I have them too.” I got on my knees and started praying for people around me, people I knew and people I didn’t. I asked the Lord if he would use me this week. Little did I know that He’d answer that prayer request so fast. I definitely was not fully prepared.
This past week-end, I had the opportunity to love on a complete stranger. A student here at school who was emotionally stressed. The details of this story, I really am not at liberty to share. The testimony, though, is worth being shared. It’s a long story, but basically the Lord allowed me to be a part of an encounter that only He could control. Loving on a complete stranger is sometimes difficult for me. This student shared his life with me and the pain he was dealing with. It opened my eyes back up to the reality of satan’s power in the world, but it also reminded me of God’s dominion and supremacy. I am completely humbled that I was able to share the love of Jesus with this guy. As vague as this story is right now, please pray for this student that he will know the love of Jesus and know that he is loved but the King of Kings.
I can hear the studio calling my name as I have many assignments due this week as I tackle my first restaurant design and continue learning about this profession of Interior Design. I’m excited and nervous, but I’m grateful to know that this where I’m supposed to be and what I’m supposed to be doing. That assurance comes from nowhere but Jesus. Great is HIS faithfulness.