an epic week

December 13, 2009 at 4:00 am 1 comment

This is officially my new word at college.  Most things are “epic” in one way, whether I use it as a verb or an adjective.

I apologize if you’re sick of it.

But this week truly was epic.  I’ve had more work due this week than this entire semester, but I had a good schedule, stuck to it, got everything done, and still had time for fun.  It was fantastic.  Gettysburg with friends on Tuesday to visit our THON child and go to his Christmas concert; Christmas parties and bible study hangouts for both Navs and Cru; seeing my friends perform in the opera of Hansel & Gretl, and going to the new Disney princess movie today with my awesome first-year seminar teacher and some classmates.  (And yes, I told you, I still got my work done!  I also got ahead last weekend when I had no outside fun). 

And I thrive on this kind of stuff.  Whether that’s good or bad I don’t know – I feel like an odd duck for being the only one in my family that loves to see how much fun she can possibly cram in, even if it means a little bit of scrambling here and there – but I thrive on this (evidently, I also thrive on adrenaline).  I think it’s my favorite part about college: just seeing people so often, and being able to do fun things on the fly (and especially without burdening my family to provide transportation!).  So theoretically, I should have been floating on Cloud 9 all week.  And I sort of was.

But I also learned something: I may thrive on this, but fun and good times and friends ultimately don’t make me happy.  I may get on an excited emotional high, but it never lasts.  And even though it seems like pursuing fun and doing whatever I want whenever I want should make me happy, it won’t. 

It’s a kinda strange concept to wrap my head around.  I mean, yes, I’ve heard it all my life, but it’s so pervasive in our culture, and it seems rather contradictory.  But it’s true.

I found myself thanking God for all these good times and blessings, and praying for His joy – the kind that doesn’t ride on circumstances and no work and emotional highs.  The kind that allows me to rejoice no matter what…for I have been saved and set free, and I am known and loved more deeply than I will ever imagine. 

That kind.

Heather just blogged today about reading the Bible.  She wrote that when she finds herself discontent or lacking peace or joy, those are the times she has not been consistent with her quiet times and prioritizing God.  I find myself struggling with that too.  Not that I don’t want to – it just doesn’t always happen.  And the more it slips, the harder it is to open my Bible again.  And the more I find myself in a tailspin, with everything going wrong. 

Funny how that works.  Seems all those things – like peace and joy and perspective – come from the same source.  And I think I know Who that is. 

And if I’ve been learning all this, I think it’s been an epic week indeed.

And now, it is officially five days until home 🙂

may your days be merry & bright,

Megan

P.S. And if you think of it, would you pray for our THON child?  I believe his cancer is now in remission, but his best friend just died from cancer on Tuesday.  And no almost-14-year-old should have to go through all this.

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  • 1. Joanna  |  December 13, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Dearest, thanks for updating. I’m so glad that God protected you in the storm! I love you muches and can’t wait for you to be home with your family, since I know that’ll be lovely.

    Love,
    me
    P.S. Of course I’ll pray for the boy.

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