Hey everyone, sorry it’s a little late! I was pretty tired on Sunday and on Monday I was out most of the day! Nonetheless, I finally finished part four of my ongoing series!
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“I can’t believe we survived our first week of college.” My best friend Dana said, at the beginning of our sleepover on Friday night.
“Me neither.” I groaned, remembering the details of my week—particularly the remark my English teach made on the first day of class. “I am so ready for the weekend.”
“Me too.” Dana agreed, rolling over so she was face-down on the pillow. “I’m beat.”
“How were your classes?” I asked, trying to communicate with my friend who looked dead-to-the-land-of-the-living. “I feel like we’ve hardly had a chance to talk since Monday.”
“Pretty good. I wish I had a class with someone I knew though.”
“Yeah, me too.” I agreed, leaning against a pile of pillows that had been thrown carelessly onto the ground.
Dana sat up and grinned. “I think I know who you wish was in your classes.”
I rolled my eyes. “Here we go again.”
“Come on, we both know you like him.” She teased, something that was typical in our girl-talks.
“It’s just a crush.” I shrugged, trying to look nonchalant. “No big deal. Besides, you liked Benjamin for a while.”
“Not anymore.” She scrunched up her face. “There’s no future there.”
“I still don’t know how you rationalized your way out of it.” I said, still in awe at my friend’s ability to get over a guy simply by using the old trick of self-talk.
“I don’t know how you’ve had a three year long crush and managed to stay sane.”
“Valid point.” I admitted.
“So do you think it’s mutual?” Dana asked. “Do you think he likes you back?”
“I don’t know.” I said, sighing more dramatically then the moment called for. “Who knows what goes on inside of guys’ heads? I’m not going to drive myself crazy over it.”
Dana laughed. “Alright, I won’t drill you.”
“Thank you.” I grinned, emerging from the mess of pillows. “How about you, any new guys in your college classes?”
“Not really.” Dana said, making a face. “I mean, there are some that are kind of cute, but I have to get to know their personality before I can tell.”
“Gotcha.” I nodded. “Yeah, I’m the same way.”
“So how is your English class going? Your teacher for that period sounds pretty rough.”
“Mrs. Manchester.” I said, letting out a slight grown. “A little better since the first day, but she’s kind of cold. Nothing like our teachers back at Holy Cross.”
“I’m sorry. Most of my teachers are pretty OK, except my science class is sort of killing me.”
“How so?” I asked.
“Just the evolution stuff. The worldview is very different.”
“I’m sure.” I nodded empathetically.
“The scary thing is, the way they word it, it almost sounds convincing.” Dana admitted, her hazel eyes holding a note of uncertainty as she clutched a pillow to her chest. “I mean, they make it sound so scientific and factual.”
“Well, that is sort of their job. If they didn’t sound convincing about what they were teaching, they’d be pretty bad teachers, wouldn’t they?”
“I guess.” She admitted. “It’s just different than I expected, that’s all.”
“It’s not ‘Saved By The Bell: The College Years’, huh?”
“Not even close.” She agreed, laughing at my 90s reference.
“We’ll get through this.” I said, trying to remember a Bible verse that would help us have peace about college, and the new stage of life we were entering into. “We just have to be trust God, and not our own understanding of things. Right now, college looks pretty crazy, but God has a purpose in all of this.”
Dana smiled and sat up, as if she had gained the strength she was missing from my paraphrase of Proverbs 3:5-6. “You’re right Liv. We’ve got this.”
“And we’ve always got each other.” I reminded her. “And Nathan and TJ.”
“The squad.” She joked.
“Yup, the squad.”
“And your future husband.” She added in a sing-song voice.
“Don’t start again.” I rolled my eyes, tossing a pillow her way.
The rest of the night, we watched movies, made cookies, and had your typical all-American sleepover. Nonetheless, my words remained in my mind throughout the night.
Trust God and don’t rely on your own understanding of things.
Those might just very well be the words that will carry me through all of this.
God has a plan, even when I don’t—and it’s times like these when we’re called to lean on Him the most.
And He will direction our path.
Whatever that may be.