It's 8:30 in the morning here at Asbury University.
My first class isn't until 9:25. Why am I awake, you ask?
It's a good question. Under normal circumstances, I wouldn't roll out of bed until 9:00.
But, lately, I've been waking up at 6:20. Almost three hours before my first class.
You see, my new friends meet in the mornings to pray before classes start.
I feel like groaning every time my alarm goes off, but throughout my day, I couldn't be happier that I woke up to pray. It focuses my day on what every day should be focused on: the Lord.
I've missed one day since school started. Yesterday. And that's because I slept through my alarm. I brushed it off, thinking that it wasn't a big deal. But it was.
I was anxious all day. I hadn't realized it before, but praying in the morning helped me tremendously with my anxiety.
There are still days when I feel lonely, when I miss home. Slowly, though, it's getting better.
You see, I feel I've grown more in my faith during these three weeks at Asbury than I have in months. God has shown up for me in real, tangible ways. In answer to specific prayers. How could I possibly doubt Him when He's provided for my every waking moment since I've been here?
One night last week, I was praying before bed, and I simply asked God for someone to give me a hug. Most of the freshman don't give hugs yet since we don't really know each other. I hadn't had someone touch me in over two weeks. I'm not a touchy-feely person, but I wanted a hug so badly.
The very next morning, I went to breakfast with an upperclassman friend. As we were leaving, she gave me a big hug. "I always wished people would hug me when I was a freshman."
He answers my prayers. He gives me the desires of my heart.
He is directing my steps. He is leading me toward people who are helping me grow in my faith and grow toward Him.
At Asbury University, each class has a verse, a name, and a hymn that identify them.
Our verse is Hebrews 6:19. "This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil..."
We are the Anchored Class of 2017. And I hope that in my years here at Asbury, I truly will become anchored in Him.