In 2012 I stepped onto my college campus, unsaved and so unsure about the future. Not realizing that the next nine years would not go as planned, but I'd end up exactly where I was supposed to be anyway. I just completed my college degree in May of this year. Yes, a four-year degree plan turned out to be a nine year process.
I’d love to say those nine years were great, but actually they were very tough. From broken hearts and running out of financial aid, to failing a physics class twice and ending up feeling like the biggest failure.
After moving back to my parents’ house in 2017, I remember feeling so upset with life and with God. I came back with no degree and even more lost about my life. I was trusting God for this ministry thing, but no traction had me feeling down. Having no degree made me feel unconfident in myself. This was one of the hardest seasons of my life. I experienced panic attacks and a lot of depression, I felt so empty, but my saving grace was my belief in God.
One random day while working on my ministry in my little home office, God whispered to me to get my degree, to try again. He showed me that the degree was really just a stepping stone to get me to where He wanted to take me. That was 2018! The odds were stacked against me and I had no money, but before I knew it, doors opened up for me to work, and save, move to a new city and to get back into school. I didn’t need financial aid any longer because I received little stipends and scholarships that covered all the expenses.
The physics classes I had taken four years earlier and failed, I retook and got A's in both courses. The more I applied myself, the more I saw God's hand at work within my life. And now, I am officially a college graduate with a Bachelor’s in Biology. It feels so good to see that I finally finished what He started, but not by my strength or my smarts, but by the works of God.
I share this with you today because I almost let a failure, a setback, a fear, an inadequacy, hold me back from trusting God for the impossible. I don’t want you to do that. I want you to trust God for the supernatural.
I want you to finish the good work that He has started in you! The setback was a setup, so God could bring me here today. Doing ministry full-time, applying to a graduate theology (study of God) program and trusting Him even for the impossible!
Finish What He Started, Sis! Try Again!
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”