Through the last few days I have been struggling with homesickness, stressful school days, and lack of sleep. But through it all I have been constantly aware that I have someone watching over me who is much bigger than all of that. His leading hand is guiding me, lifting me up, and drawing me closer to Him. In all of my trials and with all of my concerns, He is continuing to shape me and grow me into the person He wants me to be.
I have grown into the person many of you know today. I am not done growing into the person that the Lord sees me as in the future. I will only continue growing as I follow this path that He has laid before me.
Knowing this, I am also painfully aware of all the areas in my life where I still have some growing to do: I need to grow in patience, in kindness, in peace, in understanding, and in so much more. But, with all the craziness of life, I am thankful to know that the Lord is all the things I am not. He is all the things that I can grow in. He is my patience, my kindness, my peace, my understanding, and my everything. Without Him, I can no longer grow.
I want you all to know that, while it does not seem like it, this blog is about what I learned in class today. However, it is not quite what you were expecting. It was not something taught to me by my chef but, is instead what the Lord has taught me. I may feel dismayed at all the areas of my life where I still need improvement but, I do not have to be because that the Lord has taught me that there is hope. There is hope because He is not done working in my life. There is hope because I am not done growing.
2 Peter 3:18 but GROW in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.