((Copied from a message I sent to someone on facebook weeks ago))
So, I got into my normal “funk” around home.. of wanting to go away to school / tired of living at home… (this has happened every late spring/summer since i’ve graduated high school. But God’s made it clear every year, He wanted me at home) This year though, instead of late spring/summer - my funk started in January. At first, I figured it would go away like the other times and God would re-energize my heart to stay home for the young adult ministry here. But it didn’t.. in March it was still there. So, I started looking around at schools - eh. nothing was working out - they were all closed doors. But I still had this tug on my heart that things were going to change this fall. Every day I just felt that stronger and stronger.
[SIDENOTE: This whole time, I was also thinking possibly doing a mission trip this summer - I felt God was calling me to go somewhere - I filled out applications, pursued stuff - God kept closing doors - I was getting frustrated]
So fast forward another two months, no mission trips. So at this point: I knew - 1) something was going to change in the fall. and 2) I’m supposed to be going somewhere.
I continued still down every avenue.. closed door after closed door. So, I was looking into colleges again - and stumbled upon Boyce College. I had never heard of it - but things were lining up as in - some questions and the distance (about 6 hours) and everything was what I was looking for. And I told my mom and she’s like “email Bro. Marc our association mission directer and see what he knows of the college.” So, I emailed him asking him if he could call me sometime to chat about some colleges I was looking into.. come to find out he was trying to get ahold of me that morning.. but my number had changed. I called him and he said he’d go first - he tells me of these two girls who were coming up to Port Huron for some mission trip thingy for the summer - one goes to Boyce College.. Woah coincidence? ((Later on, I met her and stuff))
So, I started praying about things - and some concerns I had about it, started being answered and so I told God that if I apply and get accepted I will take that as he wants me to go. I applied.. about 5 weeks later (after they got all my info turned in and sorted things out) I got a call yesterday, that I was accepted. The whole time I was praying that God will make it very clear by acceptance or not. even though I was pretty sure this was what God wanted. Constantly, through scripture - He kept pointing out that I needed to trust Him & in His timing He will lead me.
My job - kept me 3 extra months past tax season (which was not planned) until today. So literally they kept me up until 2 weeks before I had to leave.. God totally worked that out. I looked for other jobs - I couldn’t find any.
I found out today that my friend from camp - her husband goes to the seminary that is along with my school. they live on campus!
Renee’s cousin-in-law goes there. My cousin Kristi has a friend that goes there.
I’ve NEVER heard of this school until that day I found it on the internet and there is only 600 students on the college campus. Yet, there are connections everywhere.
Also, one of my HUGE things when applying for college was those lame application fees that you have to do. I refuse to pay them unless I am 100% sure I am going somewhere. Well, when I first discovered Boyce online - the application fee was FREE!! Yay!! It took me like 4 weeks until I finally submitted an application! But I did and got it in - well, when we went to Boyce to visit and tour a week and a half before I was supposed to be going there, God revealed himself again. Our admissions adviser told us that there was an application fee. Come to find out - there is a fee, now. They ran a promotion for only a few weeks to get people to apply online that was for free application!! Woah! God had me discover Boyce and apply within that time frame!
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gifts.
He is lighting my path with a teeny tiny lamp - showing me parts of his plan when and only i really need to know. It’s been crazy exciting. God has grown me a lot.
there it is :) how I came to know that’s what God wanted. I warned you it was long. I’m not sure how to shorten it. Ultimately, a lot of these could be written off as “coincidences” but I don’t believe in coincidences - it’s God working… and it’s just too many to write it off that way.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."