Reflection: The college atmosphere wears on us over time. Fatigue builds up between Labor Day and finals; we find ourselves repeating certain phrases: “Two more papers, three more exams, and one group project… then I’ll finally be able to relax.” Over and over, we go through the motions of academia—and in those motions, God’s presence seems like a rarity.
Often, we look for Christ’s primarily during devotional reflections, church services, or chapel. But God doesn’t wait to find us only in times of quiet reflection; He seeks to find us among papers and books—or even in annoying, unproductive group project meetings. GK Chesterton poignantly states: “Perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, ‘Do it again’ to the sun; and every evening, ‘Do it again’ to the moon. It may not be automatic monotony that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never gotten tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Heavenly Father is younger than we are.”
As you approach college, start looking for God in your routine. When college takes its toll, we want freedom from the routine—but if we find God in study, in rest, and in others, we start to see a world full of wonder, adventure, and excitement. Even when the same classes, same papers, and same location become tiresome, God’s presence is fresh, life-giving, and beautiful. And we can see it clearly—if we “do not give up.”
Challenge: Train yourself to see the wonder in your everyday routine! Take time for devotional rhythms; see Christ’s presence in your roommate, an employee at Baldwin (or Wildcat) and even in that annoying group-project member. God’s presence is everywhere: do you see Him?
Ethan graduated from the JWHC in 2015 and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Christian Ministries through IWU’s Kern Ministry Program.