If you’re in college, you know how it gets during finals week. For many of us, finals week means running on caffeine with 4 hours of sleep or less. Some of us spend tons of hours at the library studying and writing papers while eating so much less healthy than usual.
Let’s just say it involves dealing with extremely high levels of stress, which for the most part derives from the pressure of having to finish the semester strong.
At the end of each semester, we feel as though it is our last chance to do everything right or else we fail.
As believers, we are commanded to find rest in Christ. Somehow during finals week, we forget about the peace which God freely gives. Instead, we choose to carry all the stress and anxiety on our own.
So how do we find rest in God during such stressful time? This verse in Isaiah pretty much sums it up:
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You (Isaiah 26:3).
I recall during finals week of my first few semesters of college, I would spend my days solely focusing on studying and completing projects that I would push away everything else. Sadly, that sometimes included skipping spending time with God.
It’s as though I was forgetting that I am in college to glorify Him with my future career. When things got rough, instead of keeping my mind fixed on Him, my thoughts were filled up with worries about whether or not I will do well on exams.
I came to the realization that before anything, I needed to trust in the Lord. Because If I don’t trust Him, I’ll continue to worry and that will keep my focus away from Him.
I want to share some practical ways you can keep your mind stayed on the Lord during such chaotic time.
Begin each morning by reading the Word.
It doesn’t have to be a full hour or even 30 minutes. Just wake up and start reading the Word before stepping out into your hurried day.
Practice praying throughout the day.
Yes, I know, I know. You will be occupied with your studies and etc but you can talk to God even then. During your study breaks, you can say a prayer of thanksgiving. When walking to class, you can talk to Him. When driving or taking the bus, you can say a quick prayer for others. You get the point. You can pray anywhere and anytime.
Spend an hour or two during the week with other believers (instead of Netflix).
This one is a bit new to me but it is so refreshing fellowshipping and hearing about the goodness of the Lord.
College to most can be extremely overwhelming but during finals week, the intensity increases. I hope this post can help you find rest in God during such time.
What are other ways you keep your mind fixed on the Lord during finals week?
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