Classes don’t stop just because we have midterms… neither do papers, projects, extracurricular activities, or other responsibilities. So, it can be a pretty tiring time for students; well, for me at least it is. In the beginning of the semester it’s easy to start off strong, but day after day of homework, studying, and taking quizzes and tests, I get mentally tired! BUT, while being a student here at PCC, two things have kept me afloat during this past week of midterms.
God’s promises in His Word have kept me afloat. Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the amount of information you have to know for a test? Or as if you have no strength to do what you have to do? I do sometimes, but thanks be to God who helps us! Lamentations 3:23 says, “They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” and I Thessalonians 5:24 says, “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” Yes, there are things in life more important than midterms, but why shouldn’t we involve Christ in our academics? While being a student, I’ve learned that Christ is just as concerned when I ask Him for help in my studies as He is concerned when I ask Him for “bigger” things. Granted, I need to do my part and study, but God has showed me time and time again that He will bless if I sincerely do my part. Midterms week, or academics in general, has been such an amazing time for me to experience God’s love and faithfulness as I learn to trust Him for the “little” things.
Something else that kept me afloat was to know that Bible Conference would start right after midterms were over! Bible Conference is a three-day conference in which we have no scheduled classes and hear men of God preach God’s Word several times each day. Chris has blogged on Bible Conference already, but I want to tell you of a Pensacola Christian College tradition that always happens before the opening Bible Conference service: a Bible Conference picnic on College Field. Only morning classes meet that day, and we have the rest of the day off until the first service at night. The picnic is provided by PCC’s special events team. The theme this year was "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."
It was a beautiful, sunny day and just a perfect time to not think about school and just relax and have fun with friends! Lined around College Field were several food stands (with cotton candy, ice drinks, etc.) and game stands. My favorite part was that we could rent Frisbees, soccer balls, volleyballs, and other games to play with our friends. Some of my friends used some balls from a nearby game stand and came up with their own game of juggling—very entertaining to watch. So, whether people wanted to just sit, eat, and fellowship with friends, listen to the school band play, or engage in a fun game of ultimate Frisbee or soccer, the picnic was a time to de-stress and make memories that will last a lifetime.