Stepping into the Unknown
It is not written that walking with God and following Christ will be a piece of cake. There will be hardships and there will be trials. I am not the wisest or the most knowledgeable of people, but I do hope that this short article will be able to shed light on some areas that may be of concern. Just a disclaimer, do not take this article as gospel truth, treat it as a sharing from a senior.
There is a quote that goes along the lines of “you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”. Through IB you will make many friends, intentional or otherwise. Your choice of who you spend time with greatly affects (or at least it greatly affected my own) your spiritual walk. Godly company will serve as a source of encouragement throughout the hardest times in IB. Whether you are a new Christian or have been one for a long time, I think one of the biggest things that helped me grow in my faith through my IB years were the friendships that I kept and the encouragement from godly friends.
You cannot maintain any relationship without good lines of communication and I believe it is the same with the Christian walk. There will be many things vying for your attention over the two years in AC be it CAS-EE-TOK-IA, significant others, parents or teachers. Do not forget that God also wishes to commune and speak with you. What I remember very clearly and do miss is morning worship/prayer at level 6. For those of you who do not know, level 6 is the top of the staircase near the water coolers at level 4/5 of the IB block. It is a small area that numerous Christian groups frequent for prayer and worship. These times of worship and prayer are important but do not forsake your own quiet time. You can either come to school early and do it, sacrifice a recess or do it after school. ACS(I) is big enough that you can find a quiet spot by yourself to read the bible and talk to God.
It is my personal opinion that service is an important part of the Christian walk. A very easy place to start will be your class and next, your level. Start recess prayer meetings, spread the gospel. If nothing else, be a blessing to your most immediate friends. We should not be selfish and hide the talents and gifts that God has given to us. What I tried and did to some degree of success was to start a prayer group in my class. We would meet once a week on the days we had two breaks and meet and pray and share. Not only will you grow in your faith but I believe that by doing something like this can catch those who are falling in the cracks and slipping in their faith.
I’ll conclude with an excerpt from a poem that I really like.
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.
– God Knows, M. L. Haskins.
This IB journey will be rough and there will be dry patches. Sometimes it will feel like you are stumbling through the darkness but remember, always trust in the Lord. He will guide you and he will be with you wherever you go. Walking through IB alone is a near impossibility and it is my personal opinion that keeping the faith through IB will require friendship, fellowship and help from God.
The author is from the graduating batch of 2014.