Finals week is upon us. Arguably, the most stressful time of the semester for college students. If any sleep was found during the semester, consider it now lost. Empty bank accounts are put toward energy drinks, coffee, and fast food. Of course, that’s only if you make it out of the library long enough to purchase one of these necessities.
My two roommates are seniors, while I am only a junior, so this is their last run before they walk and in order to prepare for the upcoming week, we took the opportunity to get away. My roommate’s parents own a lake house on Table Rock Lake, so we packed up the car on Friday and left.
At this point, you’re probably wondering what this has to do with a hot tub in a lightning storm.
Let me explain.
Usually, when you go to the lake it’s sunny, you got out on the boat, swim, etc. That wasn’t the case this time. It didn’t stop raining until Sunday when we left, so we spent the majority of the time inside the house relaxing and watching movies. If we weren’t inside the house, we were in the hot tub. The incessant storm poured on while we watched from the safety of our conductive pool of hot water. The lightning didn’t seem that close, so we weren’t overly worried, and it made for a beautiful and thrilling show.
The whole point of this story is this: God puts the best things in life in the most uncomfortable of situations.
Think about it. Think about a moment where you have been uncomfortable, scared, nervous, or lost, then think about how the situation turned out. Why do people jump out of perfectly good airplanes? Why do people ask their crushes out on dates? Why do people hike to the peaks of mountains when they could be watching Netflix in bed? Why do people hot tub in lightning storms? God put the best things in life in the most uncomfortable of situations.
The thrill of reaching the ground safely.
Marrying the love of your life.
Seeing the view from the top.
None of this would be possible without first being uncomfortable.
I’m not encouraging you to hot tub in a lightning storm. It’s exceptionally dangerous, but if you’re a college student and it’s the weekend before finals week, why not? I’m only kidding. I am, however, encouraging you to make yourself uncomfortable.
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.””
Joshua 1:9 NLT
My roommates and I later found out that the well next to the lake house had been struck by lightning during the storm; only 25 feet from the hot tub and within an hour from when we went inside.