February 10, 2016
T-minus 1 Day
Planning and Preparing
Yesterday, I had a great visit to ACU to check out my exam room. My "Chair" was there to show me around, and poor man, he was recovering from the flu. I am praying I didn't get too close to him to be exposed. I cannot handle being sick now, not now. I am already struggling with some upper head congestion and a stuffy ear. He is such a dear man to come over from his house when he wasn't in 100% good shape.
God has provided greatly for me. The office I will be in is nice and comfy. It has a solid desk, a monitor (for my laptop), and a very nice ergonomic chair for me to sit in. Furthermore, it is in the back of the office building so it should be very quiet. The lighting is good, and I think I will find the space to be a good fit for me. I am not distracted by noise, per se, but in this case, I think the peace and quiet will benefit me. Overall, I think the room is a bonus to me. I should be able to have the freedom to stretch and do jumping jacks (or whatever) to get my body and mind in gear before each 2-hour block as well as to walk out into the courtyard and take a break. I feel as though the Lord has provided the "best" place for me to test, and for that mercy, I am truly thankful. He is good, so very good to me! Praise God! Selah!
As I consider everything that has passed thus far, I see His hands all over this process. I mean, the Lord has chosen the perfect timing for my exams. He has made this possible, in every way, and now that I am about to do this BIG THING, I must remember that it is He who has brought me thus far, and it will be He who will see me through it (Phil. 1:6). I marvel at His goodness toward me. I marvel at His mercy and great care. I marvel at the ways that He has provided for my life, how He has seen to every need (He is JEHOVAH-JIREH). I stand in awe for His presence is with me, His love surrounds me, and His compassion for my weakness and frailty is evident. He has never let me go. He has never let me down. He has been my faithful companion throughout the storms of my life, and now, I am about to face a mighty giant, a Goliath of a giant, and my faith is strong, yet somehow not strong enough. I ask, I pray, and I trust that my faith in God's provision, strength, ability, and goodness will prevail. I ask that He will show up and do this work, this mighty work. I ask that my professors will see my effort, and yes, they will be gracious toward my effort. It is not perfect work nor is it my best. It is all I have to offer, and with humility of heart, I surrender it to their review. May God receive all glory due His good, good name, and may I rest in the knowledge that His way always trumps every other way. I ask this all in His matchless, merciful, and most majestic name of Jesus, Amen. So be it, thy will be done. Selah!