Friday, October 28, 2005
The not-by-sight journey
In the few spare minutes I’ve had today between appointments, my mind’s been wandering in a few directions which, after more thought, seem to be related.
One part of me is still relishing an appointment with a student I got to know a few years ago, not long after her near fatal accident which left her with significant brain damage. I could rightly nickname her “Smile Girl” because that’s all I’ve ever seen on her face, despite the pain, set backs and struggles she’s gone through. And she’s put that smile to good use when she’s gone back to the hospital to encourage and mentor other accident victims. “College? Sure!” she tells them. “It just might take a little bit longer.” Who would have thought that Smile Girl herself would now be a senior looking towards graduation?
And then there’s the second direction. My own curious path. Certainly not one I could have envisioned while I was in college simply because I didn’t know enough about myself, hadn’t a clue about many career options and couldn’t anticipate many life events over which I’d have little control. Who would have thought that I’d be writing a blog?
The connection between both streams of thought? It’s a truism but you can’t guess the future from where you stand today. It’s one faith-step after another. Making the best, often flawed decisions possible and leaving the rest to the God who designed us—for a purpose and a place only He knows about.
So, stressed out student, whoever you are….listen to your Aunt Bonnie and take an hour off this weekend. Relax. Have some fun. Rejoice in the freedom of knowing that the Lord is able to get you where He wants you to be. Even if you don’t know where that is yet.