It’s been a whirlwind experience and suddenly i find myself here, on Thetis Island BC, wondering how in the world I came to be in such a beautiful place. I wonder why He saw it fit to bless me so, and I desperatley want to know and understand what He wishes to teach me over this year.
It was a choice to come here but really it was just following God, and sometimes I have to stop asking questions, and instead simply thank Him.
I thank Him for His guidance throughout the journey of coming and being here. I thank Him for His provision and His endless supply of love that He pours on me. For His peace and comfort. He has blessed me with amazing roommates, wonderful friends, and great classes.
I am spellbound by the ocean, it is absolutely beautiful and when I jumped in it for the first time I was surprised at how salty it tasted! One of the most amazing things about the ocean is that there is a type of plankton living in the water, and they glow whenever the water is moved. They respond to motion, so you can move your hand around in the water and the plankton will glow all around, but you can only see them on really dark nights. I jumped in on one of those nights and it felt like magic:)
I love it here, the campus is beautiful and the people are wonderful. I am learning, growing, and being challenged every day, sometimes more than is comfortable. It’s ok though, to be uncomfortable, because the times of uncertainty are often the times where God teaches us the most. Sometimes my transparency makes me cringe, because I don’t have my life together and I’m not always the person that I wish I was. I am so very human, and so very flawed that I easily become frustrated with myself. In those times I remember this verse:
“But We have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 2:7
The truth is that we are all weak vessels, filled with earthly desires and sinful tendencies. In moments when I am acutely aware of my own weakness, I am tempted to question God and ask Him:
“Why did you make me like this?”
The answer is simple, but it’s hard to swallow. He made us how we are so that His power could be seen in an even more glorious way! The realization of our weaknesses need not constantly be a time of anger and frustration, but rather it is a call for us to humble ourselves and acknowledge our desperate need for God.
“But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to the One who formed it, ‘Why have you made me like this?’ Does not the Potter have power over the clay?” Romans 9:20-21
Those are just some thoughts I’ve been thinking on:)
I appreciate all of your prayers, they are such an encouragement to me! I definitely could feel God’s peace and courage with me when I left Ontario and moved to my island home. I knew that people were praying for me and it helped me to be brave, so thank you.
*Photo creds to my lovely friend, Emily Quinn