It's finally December, y'all! You know what that means? Christmas. Oh, and of course, finals week is upon us. Let it consume us.
Every college student across the world is dreading these next two weeks more than anything, until the end of April comes. Then we're right back at it. Let me lay this out for you, though.
Your finals do not define you. Your grade does not define you. Your stress, anxiety, and exhaustion do not define you.
Be certain in the fact that every student you come in contact with is going through the exact same thing as you, and we're all stressed to the max. Countless hours of last minute cramming, sleepless nights, hungry bellies, and baggy eyes that just won't fade. We're all in this together. (insert High School Musical sing-along)
Here is something to rest your heart and mind on this week. Deuteronomy 31:8 says this: "The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
God is with you through every second of these miserable two weeks and every second after that, too. You are never alone. He has commanded us to not be afraid or discouraged. It is so easy to become discouraged and worried during finals week, and that's okay. But, we have to be sure and confident in the Lord, that He will be there to provide in His will. There is a reason for every outcome, though we may not always understand it. God's plans and timing are never wrong, and we have to trust in that wholeheartedly.
It's finals week, and that just stinks entirely, but you can get through this. We can all get through this. Be faithful in your prayer this week and ask that the Lord guide you and give you the perseverance to push through these exams. There is always something to look forward to after something miserable. There is always a rainbow after a storm. Remember, Christmas is almost here!