We use the saying “the calm before the storm” all the time when talking about some period of our lives right before we know all hell is about to break loose. Maybe before the semester begins or when we know we have like five exams in two weeks. Most of the time I don’t feel like there is ever that period, that my life is a constant mess of storms that just seem to come one after another. If you are fortunate enough to get a break, be sure to use that time to recover and prepare for the next one that is surely coming. However, if you are like me, you may have to find a different approach. It has taken me nearly 20 years to realize this, but I have finally been able to find the calm in the storm.
“My soul finds rest in God alone because my confidence comes from him.” Psalm 62:5
What a weird concept right? In the midst of test week, work, and every organization’s many activities, there can’t possibly be a lull in that chaos! You may have to look for it for awhile, but there is. I find my calm in simple things throughout the day like reading at night, on the walk home, or in the few minutes I have to myself before I fall asleep or get out of bed in the morning. I used to tell myself that if I just got through this week, or this semester that everything would calm down. Unfortunately, that just isn’t true. I have had to accept that at least in this season of my life, I will be incredibly busy, and that that is okay. You realize that even though you have oodles of stuff to do, it is perfectly acceptable to take a breather and regain your bearings. That doesn’t mean drop all of your priorities, but taking just 15 minutes to yourself will make the world of difference.
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
Almost everyone I have talked to this semester has said the same thing, “I am so busy this year”. Welcome to the club bub. Can I just be honest for a second? Being involved sucks. Shocker right? Y’all were thinking it anyway. Employers look at your resume and say, “Wow look how much stuff you did in college, you must’ve been busy!” Yeah you could say so. Being an officer in several clubs and also serving on separate committees and coordinating large events and getting work experience and doing well in classes and getting eight hours of sleep and trying to be healthy? I don’t know about you, but for me a couple of those get nixed pretty fast. Unfortunately, we live in a fast-paced world that is constantly on the go, and we don’t have much of a choice in the matter.
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
However, this is not my own personal rant, so let me get back to the point. Take time for yourself. Find those little things, which you are probably already doing, and find the joy in them. Make your own “happy place” if you will and use it. Find comfort in the fact that this too shall pass, even if you can’t quite see the end of the tunnel from here. There is a reason that we are doing all of this, and sometimes that is hard to see in the moment. Remember to keep pushing, keep the faith, and find the calm in your storm.
“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind me and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14