Around this time last year, I was having a difficult time adjusting to a new environment. I had just transferred to a new school, and for the first time I was living away from home, on a campus full of mostly strangers. At my university, everything happens in the fall. Fall is football season, an influx of new freshmen and transfers, and a time where new friends are made. However, spring semester tends to be a time where everyone goes home almost every weekend, which made it hard for me to find friends. And it didn’t help that the people I did know seemed more interested in maintaining their old friendships than building a stronger friendship with me. In the depths of loneliness, I realized that I hadn’t done my quiet time in a while and I decided to go ahead and do it. I found my copy of My Utmost for His Highest, a devotional by Oswald Chambers, and opened to the date, April 22. In this short devotional was a snippet of a verse, and I looked up the whole thing. This is what I found.
2 Timothy 4:16-18, NIV
“16 At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. 17 But the LORD stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. 18 The LORD will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
In that moment, I remembered that I have a God who can bring me what no one else can: peace. And for His peace, I am always grateful.