My first semester in college did not go very well. I was living away from home. I missed my friends from childhood and high school. And my classes were far more difficult than I anticipated. I ended the semester with 3 B’s and an A minus. Although these were marginally respectable grades, it was not the kind of grades that would get me into medical school. I was desperate. I even considered transferring to Hawaii and returning home for college.
During that Christmas break, several friends and family members encouraged me to seek the help of a “spiritual woman.” She had helped them and thought she might also do the same for me. I was highly skeptical. Although I attended an Episcopalian high school, I was an atheist. My heart was hardened to anything that smelled of religion. But I was desperate. “I’ll try anything, even God!” I lamented to myself.
I attended several of her sessions. I meditated and followed her instructions to empty my mind. I returned to college for the second semester, somewhat more confident that I now had “God on my side.” And my grades reflected this new confidence. I reversed my previous semester’s performance and got 3 A’s and one B plus. I now believed that God really did exist. I was no longer an atheist. But God was not done with me yet. By revealing who He was through the Bible and bringing another Christian brother to witness to me, He continued to draw me closer to Him. Finally, one week before Easter in 1982, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior!
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent...
Acts 17:30 (ESV)
Be careful what you wish for! If you are willing to try God, He will continue to draw you toward Him until you know the One and True God, Jesus Christ! Don’t reject your only opportunity to be saved and redeemed from your sins by trusting in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. God should not be your last resort, He should be your first choice!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.