There have been so many incidents where my alma mater has tried to hold me back, but this one is the one that helped pave the way for other situations in which I would need divine intervention.
My alma mater has this program that let’s you participate in the Spring commencement ceremony even though you won’t be officially done until the summer. So after weighing out the pros and cons I decided to go down that route and signed up to walk in the Spring 2015 commencement ceremony. But sometime around February 2015, I decided to stop by the financial aid office after hearing that the aid you receive for summer depends on what you have left over from that current year so I just wanted to see if it was true or not.
The attendant kindly told me that since I pretty much used up all of the money that I was alloted, the chances of receiving financial aid for the summer term was slim. Baffled at what my ears were hearing, I asked what she meant by that and she kindly said “Well it looks like you’ll have to pay out-of-pocket for your summer classes.” The words “the devil be bound” almost slipped out my mouth but luckily I caught my composure. We quickly went through all the options with one being that I go back and accept any aid that I previously denied for the current school year so it could “run over” into my summer balance. Down but not out, remembrance of my exposure to powerful prayer warriors at the church I attended quickly moved me to prayer.
*Side note: Not taking summer classes would mean that I would not be able to graduate until Fall 2015.
As I walked to my car, I used the only weapon I felt I had, my tongue. For if you didn’t know, the tongue holds the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21). I remembered all the testimonies of how people were faced with unfavorable circumstances but some how someway, God made a way. I began praying fervently,speaking life into my situation and throwing my hands in the air as if I was prepping for battle(the people walking by probably thought I was crazy lol). But with all that I had within me, I put the situation in Jesus’ hands and forgot about it. But since I’m an imperfect human being, forgetting about it meant only thinking about it once a day. Anytime fears of not getting financial aid crept in my heart, a small voice would remind me that anything is possible with God and if he wanted me to receive financial aid then I would.
To fast forward the story, summer finally came and after constantly checking and not seeing my aid, I almost gave up. As I prepared myself for the worst, right before, like literally the day before, after randomly browsing through ASAP, I found out that I not only received aid but I received a grant that covered a huge portion of my summer tuition, leaving only 300 dollars for me to pay out-of-pocket! I don’t know about your school but receiving a grant let alone one that almost covers your full tuition is rare at my undergraduate university! As I began to sing “come and see…” I remembered how for the first time, I had unshakable faith in God and he provided me with more than what I could ever ask for. So no matter how sad your situation may be or how far help may seem, always remember what a friend you have in Jesus. Remember who loved you more than his own life and never be afraid to call on him. Remember who’s currently petitioning the father on your behalf. In fact call on him before you call your mom and watch him do the impossible. “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” (James 1:6-8)