Friday, August 27, 2010
The Lord's Goodness
The other day I was talking to some friends from the distance learning program I completed, and something was brought to my attention. They were talking about how each one had met through the forums and chat provided by the distance learning program, College Plus! While they were talking about the subject, I stopped and thought back to how I got to know these people, whom I now call friends, and to where I am right now. I looked back and saw God’s infinite goodness in a seemingly awful situation for me at the time. I’m not sure if I’ve related the beginning of this story or not, but I was originally supposed to attend a nearby University after I had graduated from a community college. The plan fell through, and my mom found out about College Plus! My parents enrolled me in this distance learning program, but I was reluctant about the whole situation. I had a hard time accepting this route, that was definitely God’s will. I ended up starting the program hoping to get my degree over with as soon as possible. I didn’t care about getting to know my coach or any of the students on the forums. All I wanted was a degree. I couldn’t see the reason behind God’s plan in that area of my life, as I felt nothing had been achieved by enrolling into the program except getting my degree faster. I completed my time with the distance learning program at the end of the year and was ready to enroll into the last phase of my education. I still was affiliated with the distance learning program, because I still had coaching calls. My mom suggested I should quit Facebook for a few months until I finished my degree, in order to keep me focused on that and off of Facebook. So I did, and I couldn’t stand the first week! I was so bored I clicked on the College Plus! Forums page, then eventually I decided to see what the Chat room was all about. My first intention in the chat room was to try it out once, and never get on again, just to see what the chat was all about. But the first person I met in the chat room was so very nice to me, I decided to get on again and again. That was all it took. I went into the chat room, and that’s how I met so many wonderful and Godly friends, some who have even become like brothers and sisters to me. Although we’re all scattered throughout the country, I have been encouraged spiritually and been able to meet like-minded Christians via the internet. So as my friends were reflecting their first posts and how they got online, I realized that God had intended College Plus! to help me out spiritually. Imagine if I had never quit Facebook? I would not know all the wonderful people God has placed into my life. I am so glad the Lord allowed me to be able to realize the goodness in His plan for my life. I don’t regret not attending the University of my choice. I also think about how stubborn and bitter my heart was, so much so, that I would not allow God to work in my life, and so He removed something from my life that was hindering me from His plan to be followed in order to show me His goodness. Isn’t God wonderful? He is so kind and accepting when we are not willing. My heart did soften to my coach as well. She has been a great spiritual example in my life, and I have enjoyed getting to know her as opposed to just knowing who she is. It is wonderful to look back on the rough times in life and see God’s guidance throughout the whole situation. God is GOOD!