I started out last week feeling an ache in my heart that seemed to stay with me. The ache became a cloud, and the cloud a fog that wouldn't lift. I talked a lot to my loved ones, prayed fervently every night, and decided to leave it to the Lord.
I had been working on a paper for my New Testament class and I turned to one of my favorite scriptures, John 14:16-20. Reading those verses as I sat on a balcony in the JFSB, I felt the cloud begin to lift. "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you...the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. Ye shall know that I am in the my Father, and ye in me, and I in you."
I live a blessed life and I needed to be reminded of it.
I was reminded when Aaron made a batch of pizza muffins on the night I didn't have the will to cook.
I was reminded when I called my sister-in-law, Brianna, and felt the newly gained distance between us go from 644 miles to 0.
I was reminded when I got my first copy-editing test back and found out that I aced it.
I was reminded as I sat next to a friend during the football game and discussed how we thought our lives would turn out.
I was reminded by the warm embrace of my mom and dad.
I was reminded by the soft licks on my face by the dog who lives upstairs.
I was reminded by the thoughtfulness of strangers.
I was reminded by the sweet outpourings of love from those I care about, from friends I have cherished and others I didn't know I had.
I was reminded by the warm hug I felt in my heart each time I got on my knees to pray.
I am reminded every day by the sun shining on my head and the assuring words of my professors and those who know me best.
"We are what we believe we are." -C.S. Lewis
I believe I am the luckiest girl in the whole world.