Taylor Tallant, sophomore at Tyler Junior College
Life is a journey. As cliché as that sounds, it has some truth to it. There are days when I wake up on the mountain top only to fall asleep in the lowest valley. The most memorable journey I’ve had so far was my freshman year of college. Initially I beamed with excitement as I decorated my dorm, I had that nervous buzz of finally getting to meet my roommate, and lastly the bittersweet feeling of saying goodbye to mom and dad.
Then reality hit: I had moved out of the house, I was living with a stranger, and I had never washed a load of laundry. All of a sudden I was convinced that my journey had taken a wrong turn. I felt nauseous about the decision I had made to spend an entire year living on campus. I could have easily commuted like all my other friends, but no. I decided to spend thousands of dollars on a tiny room and live with a stranger(??!!).
I needed confirmation. Did I make the right decision? In the midst of wondering, I stumbled upon Psalms 23:3 which says, “He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” Okay, so God says I am supposed to be here, then why does it feel so scary? Then Psalms 23:4 says, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.” WHAT?! I just read that I’m on the right path and now you’re telling me I’m in the darkest valley???
And that’s when I heard God: we can’t grow when we’re comfortable.
Spiritual growth takes place when we embark on an unknown journey and let God drive. That’s called faith. But with full confidence we can know that this journey is exciting, fulfilling, purposeful, and has the greatest ending. Psalms 23 ends with this, “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” This is the journey of a lifetime, Jesus is offering to be your Uber, it’ll only cost you your life, but believe me it’s worth it.
In case you were wondering, I did go back to the dorm. I lived an entire year on campus and learned how to do my own laundry. A few months into the semester and I attended the college ministry at Green Acres Baptist Church. With a vision to help students identify Christ as their Savior, build Godly community, and equip students to pursue their God-given calling, Journey College Ministry is now my home away from home. My faith has grown, I have a whole new network of friends, and I rest in the fact that God’s purpose for my life is greater than anything I could think of. Journey College Ministry has helped me live a Christ-centered life, feel included in a community of believers, and say yes to whatever God has in store.