Faithful You Have Been
by Liza Johnson
One of my favorite phrases is "Faithful you have been and faithful you will be." This little phrase has come to mean so much in my college years. As my time as a college girl is almost over I have come to understand that the Lord is always for me and he is always good. Through it all!
Ever since I can remember I have always had an adventurous spirit. I still remember in 8th grade when I was heart broken because I was not able to go to Australia with an organization called People to People. I eventually got over it but still had a longing in my heart to go there one day. Flash forward a few years, and it was time to pick out colleges. My dream school was Pepperdine, but I knew I did not have the grades to get in. However, I still had the hope of one day figuring out how to get to California because for some reason I had fallen in love with a state I had never even been to. Can you blame me though? The views are beautiful.
After getting rejected by Pepperdine, I finally chose Harding University. A school that I had known about my whole life but did not see myself going to. One of the reasons I eventually decided to go there though was because of the study abroad programs. So my sophomore year I signed up to go to Florence, Italy in the Spring.
At the very last minute, I was unable to go because of finances. I was devastated to say the least. After many months of being heart broken, I finally realized the good that came out of not getting to go.
I learned many different things from not getting the one thing I had dreamed of for so long. I learned that no matter where I am there is joy to be found. For so long I had taken for granted going to a school like Harding. I forgot how to live in the moment and bloom where I was planted. Looking back I am so glad that I chose Harding, but in the beginning, I could not see the blessings waiting for me.
God took this situation and made me realize that my hope and joy was in traveling and experiences. I wanted this perfect life but getting to travel the world at 20 was not a part of His plan.
The only thing that will truly satisfy you is the Lord.
Just because that experience did not work out for me does not mean that God isn't good. Although I eventually went to California, it did not satisfy me like I thought it would. No matter how far your feet travel there will be no place that will fulfill you.
I am so excited because in 16 days I will be going to where my heart first wanted to go all along, Australia. It is a different excitement though because I know that my hope is now in Jesus. This unexpected trip is such a sweet reminder that God's promises never fail. In my head it was over, but that is because it was in my timing and not God's.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. Isaiah 55:8
I am so thankful for all the plans that did not work out because God has something better. He knows all along what is good for your heart and He will never stop caring. His promises are good and even though what you want will not always happen there is still joy to be found.
May we be women who see the good in every situation and cling to the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord.
I hope that you see that every day has the opportunity for greatness, and sometimes that just means putting on your rose colored glasses.
Because after all, the places we live are just made up of the people we love.
Liza is from Birmingham, Alabama and is 22 years old. She's currently a senior at Harding University and is studying Communication Science Disorders and will graduate in December.