Have you ever been so stressed out you never thought you would survive the week? That was me this week, with three exams to study for, two major projects due, and some different study materials for a leadership community I’m involved in. All I could think about was school; I’m pretty sure I only got about six hours of good sleep throughout the first three days of school.
Everything hit me hard all at the same time. I was stressed and freaking out; nothing would help, not even a long nap…which always helps! I crammed and shoved as much information as much as I could into my already full mind. I wasn’t going to let my stress get the best of me, so I tried to make the best of a terrible situation.
After a week like I had, I wasn’t really looking forward to going to community groups on Tuesday. It’s always loud and full of people, and I wasn’t feeling it. I absolutely love going there, don’t get me wrong; I just didn’t feel like putting on a façade…I was going to have to act like I was totally okay, even when I just needed a nap and to finish my project due the next day. Getting there and sitting down with some delicious tacos, I actually felt my stress melt away. We watched some Youtube videos, laughed, and had a great time…and that was only dinner.
Getting into the study, though, I felt the stress come back. I hadn’t caught up from the readings (which we were reading through 1 Samuel…I totally recommend it! [Okay, side note: over]). Then, we started by going around and describing how we were feeling mentally, physically, and spiritually in one word each. I said mentally exhausted, physically tired, and spiritually behind. I seriously thought I would be the only one who felt that way. To my acute surprise, nearly everyone felt something along the lines of what I had. I was so nice to know I wasn’t alone. Then, we listened to this amazing song that I totally needed to listen to: Slow Me Down by Robbie Seay Band…listen here: http://youtu.be/edlAfkVh-5I
If you can tell me that this doesn’t hit you somewhere, listen to it again…and again…and again.
A few of us ended up staying after and playing Taboo and Ping Pong, and it was so nice. Even though I had a project due the next day, it was totally worth staying after and just hanging out. I wasn’t worrying about what I was going to do for the project; I was just worrying about how to get my teammates to guess the words I was trying to have them guess!
Thursday morning at 6:49 a.m., I got the most glorious text a person in my fragile mental state could get: class was cancelled! I almost did a happy dance, but I was so tired I went back to sleep! Well, first I couldn’t go back to sleep, so I did a sweet devotional (which I totally needed), and THEN proceeded to fall asleep. I spent all day with one of my roommates, playing Mario, watching Harry Potter, and eating pancakes…all whilst lying around in our sweats. It was awesome.
That night, I went to the BSU and got to worship with a fantastic group of people. I even helped lay snow mortar for a wicked sweet snow fort. That night, I received the second most glorious text: class was cancelled…again! Man, I was getting lucky. These thirteen inches of snow was a blessing in disguise!
Well, feel free to leave me what you did with your snow days if you had any! I really am blessed by you guys, and I pray for you so often.
Isaiah 41:10-“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”