Everyone’s heard the saying: “You can do anything you set your mind to.” We say this when others are disheartened, but what about when it comes to ourselves? When we get into a situation where we think it’s impossible, or highly unlikely, we typically give up, or put very little effort into it. We forget that we have the master of the impossible on our side! God! He helped Moses part the Red Sea! He set a soaking wet pile of wood on fire for Elijah! He gave sight to the blind and cured people of leprosy! And let’s not forget The Resurrection!
When I reached 8th grade I had decided that I wasn’t going to go to college. I couldn’t stand the thought of putting that financial burden on my family. I also couldn’t leave my little brother AJ (My youngest brother AJ and I are 11 years apart. I was one of the select few who could actually get him to listen and behave). Plus at this point in my life I really didn’t believe that God loved and cared about me.
It wasn’t until I was in high school that I finally found the love of Christ at a Young Life camp in Colorado (Crooked Creek Ranch) and began a relationship with Him. I took my concerns about college and my future to God halfheartedly. I thought that He couldn’t really do anything for me. I didn’t take my ACT until my senior year, and I didn’t really look into any colleges. My step mom sort of took over getting my applications and stuff for different schools. Out of all the choices she had, I put in two college applications, one for Truman State, which was where I so badly wanted to go, and another for Sterling College (a college I found my sophomore year of high school at a CIY camp) just to shut up all the phone calls and emails from them (remember this detail).
The night I sent in my applications, I told God that even if I did get accepted into either of these two colleges, I wouldn’t be able to afford to go, and that I didn’t even want to go to Sterling College because it was out in the middle of nowhere Kansas! I can guarantee you I made God laugh that night. Remember when I said that I only applied to Sterling to shut them up? Yeah. That didn’t happen. It only got worse. They wanted me to come to this campus visit weekend thing, and they kept calling and calling. I knew in my mind that if I went to Sterling’s campus that I would hate it. So to officially rule out Sterling, I made the trip out to Sterling, Kansas.
Boy was I wrong! The moment I stepped out of the car onto the campus I was overcome by a sense of this is where I’m supposed to be. I fell in love with the campus, and the people that weekend. I knew that this is where I was supposed to be, but I had my doubts. The whole car ride home I argued with God. I told Him I know that that’s where You want me to go, but I haven’t even been accepted yet! And I definitely can’t afford it even if I did.
Well the next few months went by and I got my acceptance letter from Sterling. And about two weeks after that I got an email from my admissions counselor at Sterling saying that I had one of the best financial aid packages that she had seen this year. God had taken all of my halfhearted attempts, and blessed it. He made the impossible possible.
This school year marks my second year at Sterling College. I absolutely love it at Sterling, and I can’t take any of the credit for me being here. God showed me Sterling, God kept them in contact with me, God had me go visit, and God blessed me with the financial means to go. He took my halfhearted offerings and made a huge blessing out of it! And when I say a huge blessing I’m talking about the incredible brother/sister relationships that I’ve been able to form with people, the realization of my deep desire to educate children, and the intense spiritual growth that I’ve had in my walk with Christ.
All of those reasons that I had in 8th grade for not wanting to go to college were not burdens that I needed to bear. My parents happily help me with my tuition and books to help further my education so I can actually make something of myself. They want to see me succeed. And the whole deal with AJ is a work in progress, but everything you do is not going to be easy. There’s always going to be struggles in different times in your life, but the Joy that the Lord brings you is far greater!
Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Is there something that you feel is impossible? It could be anything from overcoming an addiction to mending a relationship. I dare you to take a leap of faith and ask God to do the impossible! Then watch and see what He’ll do for you! Will you take the dare? Will you believe?