You’ve Got This [because He’s got you]

I should be writing a paper right now. After all, it’s due in 2 hours. But sometimes, the Holy Spirit prompts me to write (something other than an academic paper), and so here I am, following that nudge to share my words with you.

I’m here to tell you that you’ve got this.

No matter what you’re trying to accomplish. Whether you’re a high schooler struggling to decide on a school, a college student biting your nails over the idea of entering the “real world,” or a parent who stays up at night second guessing whether they have what it takes to provide for your family—

you’ve got this.

I tell you this, because this is a message we all need to hear sometimes. I know I certainly needed it this week. And you know what? God provided it.

The past two days, I have felt like an ant in a dishwasher. Midterm week hit hard this year, disorienting and stressful. Typically I like to be the of encouragement voice to others, but this week, I was the one who needed it.

I didn’t really know this was what I needed, but God has this funny way of knowing exactly what we need when we don’t even know to ask for it. I needed a few flickers of hope this week—

and that’s exactly what I got.

Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Matthew 6:8

I didn’t ask anyone for encouragement this week–not even God, because in all honesty, didn’t even know. But over the past two days, He repeatedly showered me with mini messages of encouragement.

A professor opened class telling us how proud he was of us for grappling with challenging material, read us a prayer, and let us leave class early.

I needed that.

As I raced to my duplex, a small pack of birds congregated in the tree behind my house, chirping happily, reminding me of one of my favorite verses,

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”

Matthew 6:26

I needed that.

A friend gave me a hug and bought me sweet potato fries.

I needed that.

A housemate walked into my room and told me she was thankful for me.

I needed that.

This morning I woke up to an encouraging text from a friend.

I needed that.

As I sat in the library this morning, fingers flying across my keyboard at an unholy speed, a student (one I have never seen before), stood up from his desk in the library, gave me a thumbs up, and mouthed, “You’ve got this,” as he left. 

I needed that.

This kid has probably already forgotten his gesture of encouragement. He probably won’t remember me if I ever seen him again on campus. He probably thought nothing of his little thumbs up.

But I won’t forget it, because, at that moment, it was exactly what I needed to hear–

Because in my head, the soundtrack playing all morning was, “I DON’T KNOW IF I’VE GOT THIS.” 

No matter what you’ve got going on right, now, take a deep breath, and know that you’ve got this, because He’s got you, and He anticipates all of your needs. 

I needed some encouragement, then I needed to share some encouragement with you…and now,  I need to wrap this up and finish that pesky paper that’s due in a couple hours.

But hey, He’s got me, so I’ve got this.

And you know what?

So do you.

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2 thoughts on “You’ve Got This [because He’s got you]

  1. cheyfow says:

    Reblogged this on Thankful Thoughts and commented:
    This is so true, and something that I needed to hear as well. I hope you all find a little encouragement in this, whether it be about summer jobs, school this fall or just plain life. You’ve Got This.
    My favorite part: “I didn’t really know this was what I needed, but God has this funny way of knowing exactly what we need when we don’t even know to ask for it. I needed a few flickers of hope this week—

    and that’s exactly what I got.

    Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

    Matthew 6:8

    I didn’t ask anyone for encouragement this week–not even God, because in all honesty, didn’t even know. But over the past two days, He repeatedly showered me with mini messages of encouragement.”

    This became so true to me this week. On the island since returning from my trip, I’ve been so encouraged by the many people I’ve met. Friends, connections and encouragement through mail. It’s amazing to see how He can bring people into your life when you need it the most and give you the things to keep on, keepin’ on. So even if this doesn’t quiet apply to you in the sense in which you thought it would, take thought and confidence in the fact that whatever it is you are going through, you can do it because someone is right there with you.

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