“The devil has no power… except in the dark.” -Cassandra Clare
Dark? On an Oxford Sunday morning? A Sunday after the Rebels won in Vaught-Hemmingway? I know what you’re thinking-this absolutely cannot be true. But trust me, while the sun was shining and the birds were whistling Dixie all through Lafayette County it was dark in the big white house on campus. In fact, it was dark all over campus. Right before my alarm went off for church there was a campus wide power outage. The result: no alarm clock, no lights, and most importantly, no hair dryer. Lucky for me, I was already awake and watching “Meet the Press.” While they were concerned with the Republican’s new “Pledge to America,” I was worried about how I would get showered and ready for church in the dark. I had almost decided to skip church altogether, when just in the nick of time the lights flickered and power was restored! I leapt out of bed and ran to the shower. I seriously got ready at lightning speed. I’ve never moved so quickly before noon.
As we were driving to church I realized this was the second week in a row I almost skipped church. What is happening to me!? Am I turning into the stereotypical college student who quits attending church during her college years? I sure hope not. I refuse to be a statistic. Then it occurred to me. Maybe the evil one is at it again. How easy would it have been for me to stay in bed and study for the upcoming week? Or only get up for a trip to Bottletree or Emeliegh’s Table? Surely God had something great in store this beautiful Sunday morning at FBC Oxford. If he didn’t, Satan wouldn’t be trying so hard to keep me in bed, right?
Well, everyone at Campus Crusade knows that I LOVE hymns. I don’t care how old they are or how many times they have or have not been heard-I love them. So Sunday morning, when Dr. Dick Trott began singing I was absolutely ecstatic. Besides being one of the cutest senior citizens in the Oxford-Lafayette area, he has an amazing voice. I can assure you, lives were changed when he sang I Won’t Have to Cross Jordan Alone. I literally sat in the sweltering heat of the balcony thinking, “there goes God, playing DJ in my life yet again.” The words were so simple and the song was so short, but this old hymn holds a powerful, unwavering message. The message that Jesus is with us-EVERYWHERE, EVERYTIME AND IN EVERY SIUTATION.
What a comforting thought knowing that Jesus himself will escort us into Heaven! How much more comforting to know that we don’t have to walk through Oxford (or Brandon, or anywhere else) alone!? To know that the Lord of Heaven is by our side in our every day lives is more comfort than anyone should ever need. What unconditional and unexplainable love and devotion He has for his children!
Even though Sunday’s sermon was about living for God (and Sunday alcohol sales) I was absolutely blown away by the words and message of this old hymn. What an encouragement to constantly lean on Him for support, comfort, and guidance. Through all of the storms that college students face, we have a rock and an anchor in Christ Jesus.
Even though the weather in Oxford is absolutely glorious at the moment, the storms will come, and I know I have the grace and mercy of a steadfast Savior to lead me through the torrential downpour of struggles and temptations I will encounter.
So for now, I'll enjoy the cool weather and the changing leaves. However, I will prepare my heart and my mind for the challenges that are inevitably coming my way.