Don’t Worry

Excerpt from Vicki Crocker’s personal blog “Heights and Depth”. Vicki is a Fall 2017 student from Roberts Wesleyan College. Reproduced with permission.

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.” – Colossians 3:1

This was a verse I had read about a week ago and it has really stuck with me. While being in Australia I have wanted to spend my time focusing of God and how God is planning on shaping me while I’m here. I’ve done my best to spend time with Him and Listen to his soft whisper. There are times where he speaks to me through the songs I’ve listened to.

“As you call me deeper still,” (Good, Good Father, Chris Tomblin)

“… I forget what’s left behind cause I’m surrounded by the grander things” (Gravity, Jenn Johnson)

Through verses like the one above and Psalm 42 and Philippians 3:7-8, where, in my devotions, I’ve noticed that there is a common theme of seeking God and leaving everything else behind. Learning to search for him on a deeper level so that when I’m in that place of surrendering myself, all of the things I worry about fade. They fade because I KNOW that God will place me right where He wants me.

The other day I was worried that I wouldn’t deeply connect with any of the other American students since there was no one else there from my school. A day or so later I had gone out to dinner with a small group of the girls and I felt a comfort and again the following day I felt a comfort that I will be able to connect deeply with my amazing American group.

Another worry I had, which is connected to the one above, is that I wouldn’t be able to easily join a college life group (or small group). I was worried that when I would show up to the church, they would just place me with some random person and it would be as if I was being babysat the whole night. The same night that I  was expressing this to one of my friends, I get home and God’s answer is literally sitting at our kitchen table. A new friend who had gone through a growing journey and was needing a new friend to go to church to and to find a new life group.

So many times this has happened while being here. Each time a worry in the slightest bit, God comes through in the smallest ways to tell me that everything will be alright. Through this I thank Him and Praise Him. I always look to Him being my focus because he is always listening to our prayers even if we don’t formally pray them.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7

Oh, How Time Flies

Excerpt from Vicki Crocker’s personal blog “Heights and Depth”. Vicki is a Fall 2017 student from Roberts Wesleyan College. Reproduced with permission.

I can’t believe it’s already been 7 weeks since I’ve first arrived in this beautiful country. I have been able to experience many things and meet many people. One of the coolest things I’ve found about Australia is the diversity of culture. For example, the other night, out of a group of 11 people, 8 different countries were represented. I thought it was pretty cool to know people across the country, but to know people from around the world just seems to make it that much smaller.

I’ve also learned that a majority of the school work here is writing papers and not having and tests or exams. Through this, I often find myself starting and finishing a paper in one day, partially because of procrastination through Zumba and other workout videos on YouTube with my host sister, but also because of my stronger desire to get the Australian experience.

With the multiple papers and piling up stress of school, I’ve felt surprisingly calm. The busier the semester gets, the more I realize how busy my schedule gets with planning when to write which paper, planning this trip, and still figuring time to do spontaneous things. With time becoming more and more scarce, I’ve felt the need to sacrifice spending more time on a paper to go and experience some Australian thing with friends. This is something that I feel slightly convicted about because I want to do well in my classes, but I’m here to experience all that I can of Australia.

However, this is quite the least of my worries because I feel the main reason my journey lead me to come here is to grow in Christ in a new way, and that is my ultimate goal of the semester. I would love to get an amazing grade and experience everything I can in my limited time here, but I believe that the reason I don’t stress over these things is because they aren’t the main reason I’m here, which I am very thankful for.