If there’s one thing I’ve learned from college, it’s this: God always gives you exactly what you need.
This means the good things. This means the bad things.
God knows how stressful a busy schedule can be. He traveled to the cities of Israel almost nonstop for three years healing people and telling about their need for redemption. He knows that we need rest—and He gives it when we need it.
God knows what it means to be alone. His own disciples did not understand him. He spent a month in the wilderness, alone with His thoughts and the devil. He wanted the company of his disciples the night before his crucifixion. He knows the meaning of loneliness, and sends us friends when we need them.
God knows what it means to be in pain. He hung on a cross, suffocating to death. His killers rammed thorns into His forehead. They beat Him mercilessly. He knows what it means to hurt, and sends us comfort when he knows we need it.
God also knows that we need stress to teach us to depend on Him. God knows we need loneliness so we will realize that with Him as our Father, we are never really alone. God knows we need pain so we will learn to be strong.
God’s love is magnificent and unending. He sees and meets the needs of His children. This will always be true, because God never changes.
If I walk away from college having learned only that, it will be four years well spent.