It’s 10:36 pm, I have been awake since the early early morning and if I am very honest I don’t think I have stopped all day. It’s 10:36 pm and my blog post is due at some point tonight and this is the first second I have had to sit down and write it. So here I am, with a to-do list longer than my right arm and not enough hours in the day.

And I can tell we are all there, we are all running on a little less sleep, with a little more stuff to do and a whole lot less time. But God, my God is so good. And I don’t say that in a cliche way or lightly, but with weight. Throughout the day like when I run into a good friend at the gas station before class, or when He whispers sweet words to my heart – I am overwhelmed by His goodness. The goodness that gives grace. Grace for this out of control and constant pace. Grace for the season He has allowed me to be in. Grace for EPIC Commission and college classes and work and everything in between.

Grace that I do not deserve.

I don’t deserve it because in my busy days I rarely make time to sit in solitude with my God. Even on my not so busy days it’s hard to spend time with Him. But every time I do, every time I push everything else to the side, because everything else can wait; I question why I wouldn’t want to be still with Him in His presence. So in this crazy season I’m  learning to sacrifice time (or sleep) to spend even a little time with Him.

Be still and know that I am God

Psalm 46:10

So EPIC Commission students, anyone reading this, take heart. Take heart because He is God and we are not. Take heart because He knows what you’re going through. Take heart because busy seasons are only seasons. And go spend time with Him, take your spare 10 minutes between apprenticing and work, wake up an hour early and take refuge in Him, because man do we all need some Jesus.

”Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Matthew 11:28-30

I’ve added a song that He’s been using to speak to me this week. Listen to it and imagine it’s Him singing it to you – you are known, loved and adored.

Madeline Murphy

1st Year Student Blogger