“I’m not the best at adapting to change, so transitional periods are quite difficult for me. My freshman year at Southern was one of the most transitional seasons in my life. I got to know so many people in that time, but I thought I needed so many things I lacked to make myself happy. I demanded a lot from God, but I still pushed for what I wanted out of my own desperation. I grew more impatient with Him, and still He didn’t give the answer I wanted. More time passed, and in His own time God eventually gave me people to speak encouraging words, friends who sensed my trouble, and mentors with resources that helped me move through and heal. This has made all the difference and proved to me that God is present and working, but He has His own schedule and plan.
What I didn’t realize until later is how much more of a developed person I had become in the time I was waiting for His answer. I learned about my purpose, plan, and had experiences that I couldn’t have had any other way. I am so grateful for all of it. Since then, God has continued to show His face to me through others if I choose to trust Him and His timing. It’s encouraging to know that because it’s not on my own time, I don’t need to shoulder the entire burden of controlling everything. I don’t have to know the whole picture, but someone who knows me better than I know myself does.”