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Half way through my first semester of college, I found myself struggling greatly. I wasn’t handling being away from my family or my boyfriend well, and I was also FAILING half of my freshmen classes. My ability to manage my depression alone was crippling me. Knowing I needed help, I began asking God for answers.
God answered quickly! He wanted me to go back home in addition to switching my major from the medical field to that of education. Though God’s plan for me gave me immense peace, it also stressed me out enormously. I fought God’s plan for weeks! I didn’t want anyone to think I failed or that I couldn’t hack my medical classes! I didn’t want anyone to think “I needed my parents” to survive, that I was a baby. I certainly didn’t want to be an educator!
I had a pride issue… simply stated.
God had patience with me though. Day after day, he showed me that I wasn’t a failure, that I did, in fact, need my parents, and that I was already an educator. He showed me that I had been teaching and leading since I was three years old. In every situation, in every location, I taught others. I had a passion for teaching. Better yet, I had a calling for it. In realizing this truth, I agreed to go home, enroll in the local college, and change my major.
In finishing the semester and going home, I faced a new struggle— a disapproving father. He thought I was making the biggest mistake of my life; he thought that I would have security and prestige with being a doctor. Without God having prepared me, my dad’s arguments would have driven me back down the road I had so recently decided to get off of. I would have continued with the medical field, continued down a road of depression, and most likely would have lost my boyfriend.
Knowing what little I did, I knew I was doing what God had told me to do (Micah 6:8), God had plans for me (Jeremiah 29:11), his plans were perfect (Psalm 18:30), and that he would direct my paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Years later, I discovered that the path God had chose for me was, in fact, far better than any I could have imagined.
How have you experienced God’s plan in your life?
What would you recommend to the graduating high school students of today?
Should they live life to the fullest or should they live life humbly?
Should they walk away when life gets tough, or should they stick it out and fight?
With the school year coming to an end and another stream of students entering adulthood, I found myself reminiscing about high school, about graduation, about the questioned posed above, and about all of the choices I had to make prior to going to college.
When I graduated high school, I was awarded grants and scholarships to cover all of my college expenses; tuition, meal plan, and dorm.
A month prior to the beginning of my freshmen year of college, I received a letter
displaying a balance owed of $2100.
Confused, I called to inquire about my grants and scholarships, and why they had not covered this expense. The financial officer explained to me that such funding didn’t exist…
When I had explained to her what and why I had been awarded such funds, she told me that the recruiter in whom had promised me these funds had obviously been misinformed. She, perhaps, had even lied to me and others to get enrollment up. Without any paperwork proving said conversation with the recruiter, the financial officer could not justify awarding me funds that simply didn’t exist.
I was distraught! I didn’t have that kind of money! I had depended on my 4.0 and extra curricular activities to pay for everything.
I mean, isn’t that what every student in America is told? If you work hard in school and get good grades, you’ll go to college for free.
I didn’t let this stop me, “for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again…” (Proverbs 24:16). “When [I fell, I would] not be hurled headlong, Because the LORD is the One who holds [my] hand” (Psalm 37: 24).
Therefore, I sold my Daihatsu Rocky to cover college expenses.
After covering college expenses, I had $600 remaining. With the help of my daddy, I purchased a $400 vehicle and fixed it up.
In all honesty, the trade was a tremendous blessing! God gave me a pretty tough car for only $400. All it NEEDED was new spark plugs.
The guy whom had sold it to us had just replaced the engine, transmission, and tires.
It got me around; I traveled to church, to hang out with friends, to work, and to home. I put many miles on my 1984 Toyota Corolla. The memories gained will never be forgotten.
The lessons learned, the price paid, the blessings gained, the message received, and the educational experience was far greater than still owning my first vehicle.
How did you manage your adventure?
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