Ecclesiastes 3:1 states “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”

When I was in transition from JHM to HSM, I went through stages of emotion: Excitement, Grief, and Acceptance.

At first, having a naturally extroverted personality, I thought “Yes! New people, new friends, new relationships.” I felt ready to take on a new chapter in life, full force, feeling ecstatic and ready to conquer what I thought was going to be an easy task. After a few weeks of excitement, I stopped and realized what this new transition really meant to me. I realized my middle school years were going to be over in just a few weeks. I stopped feeling excited- instead I felt grief and anxiety. My mind cluttered with “What if…” thoughts like “What if when I go to high school, I’m not accepted for who I am?”- “What if I don’t form a close knit community of people to walk in fellowship with?” I was also leaving a second family I had formed over the course of three years through fun events like summer camp and weekends. The thought of walking into a new environment, no longer the “upperclassmen” of middle school, and becoming “fresh meat” in the social food chain terrified me.

It wasn’t until I heard an HSM staff member, David Beavis, teach about being anchored to God through transitions in life and to not lose grasp of the strongest anchor- the Lord. He based his teaching from the verse Hebrews 6:19- “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner [a person or thing that precedes the coming or development of someone], Jesus, has entered on our behalf.” My third stage was acceptance of my new season that God laid before me. David’s message changed my attitude walking into HSM, believing in Jesus’ promise that he is always with me. My first time in HSM was amazing. The staff and people were so nice and welcoming, making HSM instantly feel like another home. Life has seasons that one goes through that God gives us for a reason- often some are challenging, and other times they are jubilant.

Although a season of change can be terrifying and hard, it introduces a new chapter in life to grow in faith with the Lord and trust in him. As Deuteronomy 31:6 teaches to “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

I encourage you to be present through transition and to embrace the plans God has for you. HSM is a safe place and so much fun to be a part.

- OLIVIA SEVERSON

Freshman (soon to be Sophomore)

   FRESHMAN  ::   Olivia Severson

FRESHMAN :: Olivia Severson