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Friday, March 24, 2017

Hosea 14:1-9; Ps. 81:8-14; Mk. 12:28-34


This past Fall 2016 semester, I went through another bout of my chronic fatigue illness.  I had to withdraw from school for a second time in my college experience. Everything I had planned:  graduating Spring 2017, doing an audit internship Summer 2017, and starting grad school Fall 2017–would no longer be able to happen.  My life plans that I had spent so much time strategically organizing had already been rearranged due to this illness.  I had to leave my incredible job as an RA, and several other commitments in which I was very invested at FSU.

The ONLY relief was my God’s unconditional love and encouragement.  I cried out in anguish, “God I need you, I cannot do this on my own.” I had to give it all to God and know that at the end of the day, even if my plans didn’t work out how I had so thoughtfully arranged, everything would still be okay.

Leaving school last semester was absolutely the right decision.  There was no way I could have gotten better without dedicating 100% of my time to my health.  Now, being back at school this Spring 2017 semester, I truly see how God’s plan is always greater.  I found an amazing place to live with wonderful roommates; I have an incredible job that does not require too much of me; and the accounting firm I am going to work for had no issues pushing back my start date to Spring 2018.

I can take comfort in knowing God truly has a plan for my life and He’ll be with me every step of the way.

–Katie Daniel