Surviving Exam Season: Unshakeable Soul-Rest
It’s mid-May which, for many of us, means one thing: exam season has well and truly arrived. The libraries are packed full-to-bursting, our mirrors are covered with post-it reminders of German vocab and Physics equations and we’re counting down the days (hours, minutes…) till our final exam is done and dusted.
Exams can be all-consuming and they can soak up all of our energy. So how can we walk through this season with confidence, security and a sense of true peace?
I love these verses from Psalm 62:
Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (Psalm 62:1-2)
I love this idea that David (who wrote this Psalm) talks about of finding rest for our soul. It’s like David is talking about a deep sense of rest and peace, right down in our souls - not just at a surface or flakey level - but a deep sense of soul-rest.
And David tells us that there is one true place where our souls will find rest and true peace: in God, our Heavenly Father.
Ultimately, God gives us absolutely everything we need. He is our true rock - He is wholly reliable, trustworthy and unshakeable. God is our salvation - He is the one who saves us (not our exam results) and gives us everything we need to do what He's called us to do. God is our fortress - He is our safe place. And because of this, because of these truths about who He is, we can put our total trust in Him and find our security in Him.
I love these verses from Philippians 4:
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” (Philippians 4:6-7 MSG)
The best way to survive exam season is to "shape our worries into prayers." Let's ask God to get rid of the worry that's crowding our hearts and instead to give us true rest for our souls. Peace in God and trusting Him with our lives is the only kind of peace that will truly satisfy us. In Him, we can find unshakeable soul-rest.
Emma grew up in Bath, before moving to Cambridge as a teenager and staying on to study Law there at university. Since graduating, Emma has worked in the finance industry and is the More Precious Development Manager, managing the fundraising and strategy, as well as our busy events programme. Emma is so loving seeing God use More Precious to grow his kingdom, and her prayer is that He would continue to use it for His glory. Emma is married to Luke, and they go to church in London.