If you’ve ever seen my Instagram bio or read my “Meet Faith” page (linked here), you know I’m a Christian. I’ve been attending church almost every Sunday for as long as I can remember. That being said, I do next to nothing on my blog that actually shows that and that’s something I really want to change. One of my goals in this year (and for years to come as I continue this blog) is to post a “Scripture Sunday” post once or twice a month. These posts will consist of a Bible verse(s) that has been inspiring and speaking to me recently along with some interpretation into my life that will hopefully play into yours as well. If the Christian religion offends you in any way, feel free to scroll past this post and check out some recent outfit posts. I hope you enjoy this post as I plan on doing more like it!
Proverbs 3:5-6; Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.
I began the second semester of this school year on January 3rd. My high school assigns classes at the beginning of the school year by semester, not year, so your courses are subject to change in the second semester. While I would not say that my first semester was a breeze by any means, it was not terribly difficult or unmanageable. My teachers were all very nice and helpful even when the material was tough. The week before first semester exams, our schedules for second semester were released to us online. Even though I was taking all the same courses at all the same levels, my whole schedule completely changed. Only one of my core class teachers stayed the same, and I now have his class seventh period as opposed to first period last semester. The worst part about having to readjust to new teachers’ teaching methods in the middle of the year with lacrosse season just a few weeks away? I had heard from all of my friends how dreadfully awful my new teachers apparently were. As silly as it might sound, I spent my whole winter break with the fear of my new teachers in the back of my mind. How many timed essays will I now have to write? How many chemistry lessons will I now have to teach myself? How big of a jerk is this geometry teacher going to be?
The night before I went back to school, I sat in my bed for about half an hour praying that second semester would be better than it was cracked up to be. I prayed that all of my new teachers had a great break and would be rested for the days ahead. I prayed that God would give me an open mind and the strength to push through if it was really that bad. When I went back to school, I found that most of my teachers were pretty nice. Now, a couple weeks in, I still feel that way (even though I’m starting to feel the work load.) I actually think these teachers’ teaching methods are working better for me. I’ve been reminded that I really need to stop worrying so much and start praying, trusting God’s plan, and just wholly submitting to Him. Proverbs 3:5-6 particularly stands out to me as relating directly to my situation; “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.” The phrase “lean not on your own understanding” seems to be speaking specifically of my friends’ judgements of my teachers, and generally to just know that you aren’t ever really seeing the whole picture that God has painted for you. “In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight” tells me that when you let go and just give your fears and struggles to God that He will work it out for you.
This week, I encourage you to let go of your own fears and struggles and just take some time to talk to God (in the car on the way to school, while you’re dressing out for a sports tryout, before you go to bed – literally whenever you can). Tell Him what you’re feeling and give Him your worries. He will take care of you, even if you don’t always see it in the moment.
Thanks for reading! Have a blessed week!