By Tracy Phua, Singapore
“So how has your week been?” My cell group leader asked me. I looked up, shrugged my shoulders, and gave my usual orchestrated response, “Super busy.”
I must admit, I’ve been guilty of giving such patronizing response. But in my defence, I HAVE been really busy, and not to mention, stressed out.
Every week, there are numerous deadlines to meet, and copius amount of tutorials to prepare in order to secure my participation points. Staying up late to complete assignments and thereby having to struggle to stay awake during classes hence practically sums up my student life.
Trying to be aligned with God’s Word amidst the trying week that drains me both physically and emotionally is a constant struggle. But I am reminded that: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). It reassures me that when I am faced with overwhelming deadlines, decisions to make and commitments to fulfil, our God is always in control. I know that He will give me the strength to face tomorrow, if I can just trust enough to let go and let God.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Ps 46:10). While finding time to take a breather in our hectic lives can be challenging, perhaps, that’s what we truly need to recharge ourselves.
We could try to set aside a few hours on any day of the week to “be still”—to put our to-do list aside for a while and give the time to our Lord. He deserves it. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:11-13).
Spending time with God has greatly benefitted me, and I’m sure it will help you too. So fret not, and press on!