Wednesday, December 13, 2006

An answer to prayer.


Grades were just posted today and I am SO thankful for the Lord and His work in my life. His continued blessings and continually reminding me that His plan is perfect and it may not always work out the way I want, but it is the way He wants.

Lets start with, this past school term has been, shall we say, the most "difficult" for me in different ways and hardest on me. It has not been hard as in I don't understand it, but hard as in I have been "lazy" so so and taking things in stride kind of thing, but anyway, on with my story.

I took three classes last term, Physical Science, American Lit, and Geology. I figured as I went into Geology, hey it would be a piece of cake because I had taken other telecourses that were easy, and as I went into American Lit, I thought, I have taken this before, and as I went into Physical Science I wasn't too worried.

As I got out of my first Geology test I was struck with how bad I did and I mean terrible, I failed the test with a 58%. I was devastated. I could not believe it, I kept telling myself, hey it will be ok, it was just the first test, but I still felt really bad. I went home and lay my concerns at the Lord's feet and went on with school.

Next, I had a midterm that I took in Physical Science and I was pretty confident going into it, but when I got the results, I was shocked! I got a 66%. I thought there was something wrong with me! I thought I was going to fail.

Now I am not just telling you all about my woes and everything. There is a point to this story.

I had three tests in Geology and as I went into the next one I figured out that I needed an average of 76% on the next two tests to pass the class, so I worked on trying to get that up. Before and as I was taking the next test I kept praying hard, because I didn't want to fail this test too and when i got the results back I was so happy!!! I got a 77%! Now you may think, that is pretty bad, but for me it was awesome! The Lord is awesome and he had answered my prayers!

Then while this was going on, I was still upset on my science test that I had gotten a "D" on, but as I found out, not many people had done very well too so that was kind of a comfort. A week or two after I had taken the test the teacher handed out this paper in class explaining his idea to change the course policy. He changed the tests from being 50% of our grade to 30%. Our homework he changed from 30% to 50%. I was ecstatic! I was so thankful to the Lord for that! I was doing perfect on my homework and this meant that the tests would not take up much of my grade. The Lord had again answered prayer!

While in American Lit. I was passing with flying colors so praise the Lord.

Now, back to Geology. I went in to take the final test and boy was I scared I had to get at least a 75% grade and you may think that it would be easy, but it was not. As I was taking the test I seemed to get baffled by almost every question and it seemed like to me that I didn't know any of the questions. I kept asking the Lord to help me choose the right question. As I left the testing center I was disappointed with myself and felt like I would fail this class. You may think that I am exaggerating, but I am not, all that night I could not sleep at all stricken with worry.

In the last tests in Science and American Lit. I did fine, but my main concern was in Geology. I kept praying to the Lord, but my heart was heavy with fear.

I found out that my teacher in Geology had posted the final grades so I went to the website with dread and fear of what I got. As I scrolled down the page(because my I.D. was at the bottom) my heart was thumping so hard and as I looked at my test score was amazed!! I had gotten a 87%! I practically jumped up in the computer labs and yelled "Thank you Lord"!!!!!!!!!!!! I had passed with a "C".

So in conclusion of this long short story, I must conclude that I got a "B+" in American Lit, "A-"(which was another surprise for me) in Science, and a "C" in Geology! I am VERY happy with those grades!

So, if you have any problems bugging you now or in the future, turn to the Lord, "casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you". (1 Peter 5:7) This says, cast all your cares! So remember the Lord cares for you so give Him everything and let Him deal with it. I was one to bottle up all my fear and worry inside where it does nothing , but caused pain and lets you lose a good nights sleep. Give it to Lord! Also what I have learned is that prayer works!! We should just not pray to Him when the times our bad, but when the times our good. Also we must not pray expecting the results to be picture perfect or the way we want it to be, but the way God wants it to be. In my case, I didn't get all "A"'s, but I did pass my classes and for that I am ever thankful to the Lord!

"As a father pities his children, So the LORD pities those who fear Him". - Psalm 103:13

“And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these thing shall be added to you". -Luke 12:29-31

Now on to Winter term.................... :) Ignore if you can all the empty words and stuff just get the main points. :)


The Sisterhood said...

Thank you, Andy.
Your words reminded me of my own worries, and fears. For me, it's mostly about speeches. But, you are right-when I worry, it does no good. But, when the Lord holds my heart, and knows my thoughts, it's amazing!

Thank you again and CONGRATULATIONS on your scores! Whoohoo!!! :)


Natalie said...

Thanks for sharing that, Andy. I love being able to turn to God in prayer, knowing that He's my Father, and that He'll take care of me and protect me.

Thanks, Andy! And congratulations!

Redeemed Squire said...

Man, I hear you, brother. Just a week or so ago, I was about to go to bed with some immense worry on my mind. At that point I had realized I had been turning to so many things, anything but God, for comfort. So then I lay down, and simply spoke to God, casting all my cares on Him. O, was it wonderful!

It's sad that we believers often don't use the resources we have in Christ. It's as if we were trying to knock down a brick wall, so we keep blasting 9mm rounds at it, completely forsaking the loaded bazooka we've had in our pack all along.