Fifth Week of Lent | Kevin Reynolds

Psalms 31
Jeremiah 24:1-10
Romans 9:19-33
John 9:1-17

As I read through the scriptures for this day in Lent, I am comforted with their relevance to my first year at Belmont University. When I applied to Belmont, I had no clue that I would end up finding the home that I have found here. I’m sure many of us have similar stories. I think back to applying here and feeling so terrified of a new work environment, a new city, a new story to be written. … I remember feeling alone. A friend at the time offered me a piece of advice: “trust the process.” In my first few months at Belmont, I’ve learned that “trust the process” really means “trust yourself and trust in the Lord.”

Today’s scriptures are all about this concept of trust. In Psalms: 31:22, David sings:

“Praise be to the Lord, for he showed me the wonders of his love while I was in a city under siege. In my alarm I said, ‘I am cut off from your sight!’ Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called you for help.”

Though I would not describe my time at Belmont as a “city under siege,” I have been met with a lot of challenges. Missing and making friends, learning while leading, adjusting. … The passage reminds me of a quote I pulled off Twitter in August that has been on a sticky note by my desk since my first week here that reads:

When things are rough and you’re wondering where God is …Remember, the teacher is always quiet during the test.

I believe that I am supposed to be at Belmont University. I believe that we all are —together. It took me a little while, but when I opened my heart to those around me—to the Belmont community, and most importantly, to the Lord—I found a home in Belmont and in Him.

In this Lenten season, let us prepare ourselves for the days to come; days where we remember the pain of The Passion and the celebration of Easter. Let us quiet our hearts and minds and let us trust that even though we can’t see Him, our God is never far. Let us open ourselves and let us always remember that we are never alone. As it says earlier in today’s Psalm: “I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and new the anguish of my soul.”

Let us share in our God’s pain as he shares in ours. Let us celebrate His Good News as He celebrates ours. Let us trust in Him, and in one another see and share His works.

KEVIN REYNOLDS
Coordinator of Student Activities

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