All in a Year

This is a featured post by Mary Keckeisen. Mary is a freshman in the School of NHS and is from Texas where all cool things come from.

This is a featured post by Mary Keckeisen. Mary is a freshman in the School of NHS and is from Texas where all cool things come from.

Every day I take one picture.

I started over a year ago, and now - with the help of an app - I have over 365 pictures documenting 2014. Not every picture was eventful (many times it was food), and while at the time I didn’t appreciate what I was doing, now I have an entire year of my life accessible with a few taps.

A few days ago, I upload my 365th picture, and it spurred me to take several minutes reflecting on my past year. As I scrolled through all 365 pictures, all I could think about was the multitude of ways in which God worked in my life during 2014. I saw the first picture I took on the Hilltop, the pictures I took during my last days with my high school friends, and the many pictures I took while eating junk food and praying about choosing a university. I would’ve never imagined that I’d be here today, here at Georgetown, with a faith stronger than ever.

It has only been one year, but God has changed me in ways I will never be able to comprehend. I encourage you all as well to step back and take a look at where you were at this time last year. Sometimes we all get so frustrated; it often seems as though nothing is happening fast enough. We live in a world obsessed with speed, and when God doesn’t act on our prayers immediately, we get upset and disheartened. Yet think about where you were a year ago. A year ago, I was struggling to choose a college, I desperately needed motivation to complete my senior year of high school, and I was worried about leaving my hometown of Dallas after a wonderful 18 years. All of those worries have been dissipated in just one year. The fears over which I obsessed are now nowhere to be seen, and this was all in 12 months.

On Wednesday, Karen mentioned how much she loves looking at her old prayer requests and seeing how many of her prayers have been answered, and I’ve loved looking back at my own faith as well. I’m sure God has worked for all of us in fantastic ways, so stand back and think about your 2014. And be amazed at how much you’re changing, or rather, how much God is changing you.