This is going to be one of those posts where I step back a little bit from any set kind of ideas that I had for the day and just talk about something that popped into my head today. I was sitting in my Design of Steel Structures class and we were beginning some review for our first exam. Someone asked our professor if the exam would involve us having to take certain steps in any design problems, to which our professor responded, “You don’t need to worry about that, you guys are masters of that.”
That was all it really took for it to dawn on me that this is senior year. Even so, it hasn’t fully set in, but it’s starting to. See, in my own mind, I am far from being a “master” at the item we were discussing. However, it did make me realize that I feel comfortable doing the types of problems described. Looking back, I remember sophomore year when what are now the simplest problems were complex and difficult.
This whole little experience made me really thankful for this whole process of learning. I was able to look back and remember a day where I would think to myself, “Wow, some day I’m going to know all about designing structures.” I’m a nerd, I know. But I got this great sense of pride in realizing that I’ve learned a lot in these past years and that I’m on the path to becoming the master of my craft.
It’s fascinating to me to be able to look back on all that has been learned. Also, I love getting to hear of what my friends have been learning in the same time and how they’ve been growing. I love watching the journey: being able to watch all of us come in to school knowing relatively little about what we are pursuing, to now where we are very near to being able to put these years of learning into practice.
If I’m honest, I’ve never paused to look around at the college environment and the transformation that occurs here. In a matter of four short years, we have this journey of expanding knowledge that sets us up for the next chapter of life.
I just find it astonishing what God can do with us in four years, let alone a few silent moments with Him. God is constantly transforming and shaping us, whether we realize it or not.
I mean, at the end of my sophomore year, I vividly remember thinking to myself, “There is NO way that I’ve learned half of what I need to in order to be a civil engineer.” But now here I am feeling confident in my ability to perform some of the much more difficult calculations and designs of what I am exposed to. Here I am as a part of a team that has been working on developing a functional wheelchair to meet specific needs from a real client. Other things have been happening to, but I’ll save some of that for an update post!
My point tonight is don’t take for granted the transformation going on in your life right now; don’t lose sight of what God is doing.
Especially college students – be grateful for the community of education and growth you are in and take in absolutely everything you can. Don’t forget to sit back and watch the Master Creator at work.
“Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.”
To God be the Glory.