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Topic: Exams (07/26/04)

TITLE: Anatomy Class
By Jean Boulmay


College at the age of 54? Yes, and doing pretty good…..until the very last semester.

For two years I had proven to myself that I was NOT to old to learn, and my brain cells still worked. Graduation was in just a few short weeks. Everything was planned right to the final day of school, and I would graduate with honors! Finally, the LAST SEMESTER!

I started the final semester feeling quite confident in my abilities. Now, let me tell you, one of my classes was Anatomy and Physiology, which I might add, was not one of my favorite classes. There are 206 bones in the body, and I can name nearly all of them. I had studied, and studied this particular subject. I had also failed every test on the subject!

Besides Anatomy class, I was also taking a piano class and a performance class, which were not going so well. I was expected to learn a classical piece to be performed in front of a “jury” in a couple of weeks. My piano teacher was becoming quite concerned, and had suggested working on something easier.

After some serious praying, I decided it was time to use the wisdom that God gave me….. and with this wisdom, I chose to turn my (growing) concerns over to him. If I were going to graduate in the designated timeframe, I KNEW it would take a miracle that only He could provide!

I continued to study Anatomy (it almost became interesting). After doing some praying, I realized there was no need to switch to an easier piece on the piano (my teacher might not know just what God could accomplish, but I did!). I started to work harder on a Sonatina by Clementi.

When it came time for my final exam in Anatomy, I went to class with the knowledge that everything would be ok. This knowledge that everything would be “ok”, did not mean I was assured of passing. What it meant was that I had given God control over my life, whatever happened. If I failed Anatomy, and would have to take it again, maybe there was a reason. Maybe there was someone in the next class that I would not have the privilege of meeting otherwise. But, I did not fail…..I made an “A” on the final! This gave me a passing grade for the semester.

As for the piano and performance class…somehow I just KNEW the performance would go well. There were four teachers sitting on the “jury” (all with either Masters or Doctorate Degrees), and every one of them gave me an “A”, along with very positive written comments.

I have made a choice that whatever happens in my life to turn it over to God (if he cares about the birds of the air, why wouldn’t he care about my daily concerns?).

So, I’ll do my best and let God do the rest!

Member Comments
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Dori Knight08/02/04
Oh, if I only had a brain cell, maybe I could learn to play the piano!

Good example of the power of prayer. I enjoyed this piece. Thanks!

darlene hight08/02/04
Good testimony!
Deborah Anderson08/02/04
BRAVO, to you Jean! And by the way....you "ain't seen nothing yet" my dear sister. God has much in store for you.
:-) Thank you and God bless you.
Karen Treharne08/02/04
Amen, Jean. It's funny but true that when I turn my life over to God, things always work out...maybe not as I think they should, but absolutely as I know God wants for me...and it's always better than I could ever hope for. A good reminder and a blessing to you for praising God and a blessing for us to have the opportunity to read and learn again how awesome is our Lord.
Mary Elder-Criss08/03/04
Jean, first of all congratulations on passing your Anatomy class. My son took it last year in college, and I helped him study..Whew! is all I can say. Secondly, good on you for returning to school in your 50's. Gives me hope that I too, may accomplish that someday. And thirdly, (but not leastly) thanks for a wonderful testimony and a great read. Blessings! Mary
Linda Miller08/07/04
Hi Jean -
Congratulations on a job well done! Not only in writing this piece but in all your studies! One itsy-bitsy thing I wondered about - in the sentence about (growing) concerns I wondered if you could have left the ( ) out and just said growing concerns - had to read over that line - I understand that you had concerns and that they were growing but not sure the way you handled it was the best possible way for the reader. Thank you for an excellent article.