Hey y’all… how’s your mama and ‘em?
My “baby” girl started college at Co-Lin this week. To say that I am proud of her is an understatement. Dacey is an all around good kid. She is fun to be around. She is quiet and reserved (until she knows you well), but vocal and opinionated when it counts. She is stubborn to a fault, but it is that stubbornness that gives her the resolve to succeed at whatever she puts her mind to do. More than all of that, Dacey has a deep, abiding love for Christ and a faith walk that naturally invites others to follow where she is going.
Dacey breezed through her high school homeschool years working mostly independently and finishing with good grades. Her ACT score qualified her for a partial academic scholarship which also brought the perk of having a private room at Co-Lin.
We went over to Co-Lin three separate times last week to prepare Dacey’s dorm for her arrival. It was important to me that her room be set up nice in order to give her a quiet, peaceful place of retreat from the chaos and noise that surrounds college life. With many items she’d received as graduation gifts and others that we had already laying around the house, we were able to transform her drab dorm into a safe haven that is fit for royalty.
God has provided His children a similar place of retreat. Proverbs 18:10 (ESV) says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” When the circumstances of this life and this world become too much to bear, He assures us that He is always there with us. In Psalm 139 the Psalmist asks, “Where can I go from your presence? If I rise on the wings of the dawn or settle on the far side of the sea even there you are with me.” Throughout the book of Psalm, David refers to God as his refuge. In Psalm 18:30 he says, “This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.”
Whatever you are facing this week, let Jesus be your place of retreat. Take refuge in Him. When you do, He promises that His peace that surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and your mind.
Have a blessed week, y’all!