As our spring semester comes to a close, many of us are experiencing the arrival of summer in different ways. Some of us have completed our time here at Wake Div, while others have to push through another year or two. We may feel a sense of relief that summer is finally here, or we may feel the weight of the question, “What now?”
The weather’s been incredibly unpredictable lately–raining and thundering one day, sunny and warm the next–and it’s hard to feel settled when the scene around us changes so quickly. Some of us may love the rain, while others of us can’t wait for the peace and calm of the sunshine, but there’s beauty to be found in every day. We’re always waiting for the next change of weather, hoping that someday, we might finally get the sunshine (or evening thunderstorm) we’ve been waiting for. It’s hard for us to find peace when we’re living in a perpetual state of expectation that something new will come along and change everything, providing that clarity we’ve been wanting for so long. Epicurus writes, “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” It’s important to remember this in the sunshine and in the rain–where we are right now is exactly where God wants us to be, even if it doesn’t seem right. Remember there was a time where we were praying to get into grad school; praying to get accepted here at Wake Div; praying to survive at least one year of it all–and here we are. Whether your cup of tea is basking in the sunshine or dancing in the rain, choose to find the little nuggets of hope, because you are exactly where you’re supposed to be.