This week our Chaplain’s Corner is written by Caitlynn Hellwig, our Assistant Athletic Trainer. Thank you so much Caitlynn for your words this week and for serving our student athletes so well!
I stumbled across this reminder from the Jesus Calling book today. Although it is from August 29th it spoke to me.
“Demonstrate your trust in Me by sitting quietly in My Presence. Put aside all that is waiting to be done, and refuse to worry about anything. This sacred time together strengthens you and prepares you to face whatever the day will bring. By waiting with Me before you begin the day’s activities, you proclaim the reality of My Living Presence. This act of faith- waiting before working- is noted in the spirit world, where your demonstration of trust weakens principalities and powers of darkness.
The most effective way to resist evil is to draw near Me. When you need to take action, I will guide you clearly through My Spirit and My Word. The world is so complex and overstimulating that you can easily lose your sense of direction. Doing countless unnecessary activities will dissipate your energy. When you spend time with Me, I restore your sense of direction. As you look to Me for guidance, I enable you to do less but accomplish more.”
Luke 12:22-26, Ephesians 6:12, Proverbs 16:3.
I feel as though it is always a busy season. Between athletics, arts, and academics, everyone is working hard daily! On top of that, Discovery trips are right around the corner and continue through the summer. When I look at my calendar, although I am so excited for everything coming up, it can be overwhelming!
As we pour into students every day, my prayer is that we also take time to Be Still. Psalm 46:10 says “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
My prayer is that we don’t get caught up in both the excitement and the details of planning or amazing opportunities that we miss out on God showing up for us daily. That we are able to remember the ministry moments and not let times fly by in a blur of to-do lists. My prayer is that we don’t allow even one student to get lost in the shadow of the big picture.
My last thought comes from a message a heard a few weeks ago. These moments to pause and be still, to set our focus on the kingdom, even when the moment seems insignificant in the grand scheme of the day, they are so important.
Taking time for the disciplines of the faith can be like digging trenches in the midst of a drought. We don’t always get a “God moment” or see the fruits of our labor. But one day it will rain and daily disciplines are what God can use to prepare us for when that day comes.
These are my thoughts and prayers for us all this week in the midst of our busy schedules and preparations.