Perception vs. Reality

Hey guys, it’s Andrew!

Today I’ve been thinking about that sobering phenomenon where things don’t turn out how you envisioned them. It’d be wonderful if it was like Disney World all the time, but the truth is, it isn’t.


I came back to school and looked like this:


…But today in my British Lit. class, the professor introduced a play to the class and delivered these encouraging words, “Well, you guys probably won’t be able to understand a lot of this, but go ahead and read it all and we’ll talk about it next time.”

I left the class feeling a little discouraged. I enjoyed my American Lit. class last semester, read a book over the break, and was excited to attack this semester with a passion. I soon realized that this class wasn’t going to be a cake walk.

cake walk

As the day went on, I continued to think about what my professor said. It wasn’t like she was going to abandon us to read it alone. She was going to go over it with us during the next class meeting.

I thought about when Jesus talked about the Holy Spirit with his disciples in John 14:25-27, “All this I have spoken while still with you.  But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”


When life throws the unexpected, we can take comfort in the truth that God has not abandoned us but has given us Himself. In my situation, my professor isn’t going to leave the class out to dry. She’ll come alongside us and walk with us through the assignment.

We may perceive that we are alone in the fight, but the reality is that we have a helper on our side.

So, whether you’re like me, just trying to do good at school, or you’re facing larger struggles in life, “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Signing off,

Andrew, Sophomore Blogger, Ratliff Resident, Pizza Enthusiast

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