I know this semester didn’t go the way you wanted…or expected.

You planned for life to look differently. You planned for formals and fun. You planned for more basketball games and more late nights at the library with your best friends. You planned for movie nights with your roommates, not movie nights in your childhood bedroom. You planned for talks with your professors, not Zoom Calls with them. You planned for late nights at the library, not late nights alone.

It’s easy to be disappointed when life doesn’t go your way. And I would even say your feelings are valid. Yes, there are some people who have it worse right now, but you can still be upset. You can be disappointed.

It’s not a sin to cry, become frustrated, or find yourself hurt. Know that your feelings are valid.

But also know that God is an author.

He’s writing your life and every comma and period are placed purposefully. Did God create disease and illness? No. Sin brought that. God gave us free will and when we as humans decided to let sin in, we allowed for disease to be brought in.

However, God will use every twist, turn, and disappointment to bring Him glory. His glory is your good. God is an author and a father. He cares for your story. He cares for your journey.

He is not letting you walk through anything that can’t be used for your good.

And in the Bible Jesus asked His disciples to rest and find a lonely place. Their lonely place wasn’t their childhood bedroom like you’re probably in right now…but their lonely place was beneficial to God’s glory. This was in Mark 6:30-34. What is cool about this passage is right after the disciples rested and found their lonely place, Jesus fed the five thousand. Then, Jesus and one of His disciples Peter walked on water and all the disciples watched this act.

So this time alone at home may be disappointing… but the author of love and this world is going to use it for His glory. Maybe, this rest is preparing for you for something big. The disciples needed rest before Jesus fed the five thousand. The disciples needed rest before the watched Jesus and Peter walk on water. What if they were too distracted and busy to notice Jesus perform this miracles? What if they were too tired from many late nights to document these miracles for us to read thousands of years later?

Their rest prepared them to notice Jesus do big things before them.

Their rest prepared them to document and tell others about our Big Savior.

I am not saying what is going on is good. But we serve a God who can take a bad thing and make it a good thing, when it becomes a God thing. So use this rest. Yes, you are disappointed but also God is at work.

I think a year from now you’ll look back and yes, you’ll still wish you had a formal. Yes, you’ll still wonder how this semester would have been if Corona didn’t ruin your plans. But I think you’ll also realize that God was at work. And He took your disappointment and grew you through this season. He took your family time and pushed you to grow with those around you. He used your rest to prepare you for big things. God, the author of each of our unique stories, used this tragedy to bring us closer to Him.

Now the choice is up to you… are you going to sit in your disappointment? Or are you going to trust that He is at work? God has brought you this far. Why don’t you trust Him with the story He’s creating in you today?

(Written by Author, Speaker, and podcast host Grace Valentine (HI its me), website/blog gracevalentine.org lol the website you are on right now, Instagram @thegracevalentine, twitter @gracev96)

Photocreds: @macy_laegler 🙂 love ya my lil gator girl

Written by Grace Valentine

I love Jesus, diet coke and sunflowers. I wish I lived in the mountains, but love the two states I call home--Louisiana and Texas. I can watch Criminal Minds all day and dream of one day owning an ice cream truck for fun. However, my main goal in life is that more girls will realize the worth they have through Christ Jesus--and with Him and Him only we are enough.

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