Filled with excitement and anticipation of going to college and leaving home, my daughter Cheryl also faced a very difficult challenge. She didnít have a place to stay on campus. Because the demand for on campus housing at her chosen State University is greater than the supply of bed spaces, her application for living arrangement there was put on hold. I remember when she was also put on a waiting list before she went to Notre Dame, her high school where she graduated. I remember how hard we prayed for that and how God showed us wisdom what to do. He also gave me wisdom on what to do in this particular situation. I just have to obey.
I wrote a letter to the Housing Director asking for consideration. I never give up on my prayers and prayer requests. I reminded Cheryl that nothing is impossible with God.
Few months after, Cheryl got the unwelcome news. She didnít have a space in the campus dormitory. Instead of apartment hunting, Cheryl and I went for Brazil mission. Being blessed and being Godís portals of blessings during that mission made me forget momentarily about Cherylís dilemma regarding university housing.
Two days after we came back from the mission trip, we started apartment hunting outside the State University campus, walking distance from school. Since Cheryl doesnít drive yet, and new to the area, we thought itís best for her to live in an apartment nearby. Unfortunately, there were no vacancies anywhere close by. If she lives farther away, she has to take the trolley, cook her own meals, do her own shopping, find a roommate, and face other obstacles that will add to the pressures of being a college freshman. A question popped in my mind, ďLord, shall we give up or move on? What is it that you wanted us to do?Ē We saw this trendy apartment very close to the trolley area, but the price was way up the roof. I told my husband, that we will take that temporarily while Cheryl is still adjusting to college life. He hesitated and said, ď Itís dangerous for her to take the trolley and it will take her an hour to get to school. Besides the rent is too expensive!Ē Since there seemed to be not too many options, we talked to the apartment manager about the possibility that we may rent the place for Cheryl , so she put us on 24 hour period to make a decision.
The next day, we attended the Universityís Student and Parent Orientation. In one of the seminars, a representative from the Housing Department oriented us to the housing situation there, and informed us that indeed, hundreds of applicants for on campus housing were denied because of great numbers of students and very limited spaces. Still, something prompted my husband and me to approach him after the seminar and we told him Cherylís situation. We showed him the letter I previously wrote to the Housing Director asking for consideration . We told him how hard it was to find an apartment around the area. He emphatized with us, and told us that he will give the letter to the Housing Director .
The orientation day was supposed to end at 5:00 P.M. I got so restless and was almost hyperventilating. The Assistant Dean was speaking at that moment telling us that nursing at this University is impacted and very competitive, that students have to meet certain points to get in nursing program ( only Aís and Bís and no Cís ). But to know that out of 52,000 total student applicants in this school, only 8,900 were accepted, was a consolation. What a blessing for Cheryl to be accepted. Now, she just have to study very hard to meet all the requirements . But how can she do that if she doesnít even have a place to stay? I told my husband that we have to go to housing department right away, and talk personally to the Director. We didnít know that the office close at 4:30 P.M. We arrived there at 4:00 P.M.
We were able to talk to the Housing Director, a very accommodating and warm lady who told us to follow her to her office. Then she said, ď You came just in the right time. We have a space for your daughter. We decided to make an overflow space, by converting a wide study area into a bedroom where your daughter can stay temporarily until she gets a permanent space in a regular room." Jun and I were speechless at first, almost in tears. I donít know how many times we said our thank youís. I thought I saw in her a face of an angel. I felt Godís presence. Miracle? Coincidence? I call it divine intervention. Godís answered prayer. A lesson learned, that if we wait for Godís answer with expectation and faith, He will do it.
Yes, even if we have to wait at times.
Glory and honor and praises to God! Amen.
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Dear Gloria, You were such a faithful and obedient servant, and God blessed your devotion and your patience. You KNEW He would provide, and you waited upon His perfect timing! And what a wonderful outcome! To God be the GLORY! Love, Peggy
Wow,powerful anointed article sharing about the testimony of God's Faithfulness towards His Own precious Adopted Children,beautifully written!!!
What an amazing story to Encourage the Family of God to wait for God's direction and His Perfect Timing!!!
Wow,Sis Gloria,I'm sooooooooo Happy for you and your daughter!!!:)
With Much Love,
In Christ Jesus,
What an awesome testimony, Sis! It reminds me of waiting until God put me in a home in my son's school district and then being surprised when I got a better house than the one I was looking at, cheaper rent, AND in a better neighborhood. God's way of doing things is ALWAYS best! Now... if I could just learn to be patient and faithfully wait on Him in other areas... :::sigh::: It's a learning process. Isn't it? But we get better and better the longer we know the Lord.