As I approach the end of first semester, I begin to think about the one thing that has been looming my friends and I’s conversations for months: college. I only have three semesters left as a high school student. I know what you are thinking, “Piper you still have this year and next year. Do not waste your energy pondering over something that is a long way away.” But here is the thing, senior year is sneaking up on us. Graduation is sneaking up on us. College is sneaking up on us.
Over the past year and a half, I have become close friends with a majority of the seventy-something members of my class. That is nearly seventy-something people who have become a part of my life. These are the people that I run to. The people I call when I am upset or things are not looking the best. There is only word I could possibly use to describe these people: home.
In a few short months, we will be filling out the dreaded Common App and submitting test scores and résumés to schools from Texas to Mississippi to Massachusetts to New York. We will be shopping for dorm decor and prepping to pack up our lives in Lafayette and set out on new adventures across the country.
Come May of 2020, we will make our way down the fifty-yard-line of Gator Stadium and toss our navy blue tasseled caps to the sky. There will be no more walking the halls with Katherine and Kylie, and I will have had my final morning coffee with Kade. We will be saying our farewells to all the blessings Ascension has gifted us and closing the yearbook.
And as the stress of the inevitable looms on us all (or most of us at least), I hope you keep in mind a passage shared with me by one of the people I will miss most of all, “Make Me the focal point in your search for security. In your private thoughts, you are still trying to order your world so that it is predictable and feels safe. Not only is this an impossible goal, but it is also counterproductive to spiritual growth. When your private world feels unsteady and you grip My hand for support, you are living in conscious dependence on Me. instead of yearning for a problem-free life, rejoice that trouble can highlight your awareness of My presence. In the darkness of adversity, you are able to see most clearly the radiance of My Face. Accept the value of problems in this life, considering them pure joy. Remember that you have an eternity of trouble-free living awaiting you in heaven.”