Though there are many things I feel that I could share about my first semester of college, I feel that throughout this year, I have been continually impressed with the Lord’s plan and His move.
If you had told me a year ago what I thought about moving 3,000 miles away from my sunny Californian hometown to a small school that enrolls only females in Massachusetts, where bitter winters abound, I would have positively said ‘no’. Little did I know that the Lord thought otherwise. My final decision weighed between a school near home, where I knew the church life would be abundant, and this other tiny school in Massachusetts. I had been told many times to pray about this decision, and so I did. Many times, I was unsure if I had even received an answer from the Lord, or if I was going along with my own natural concept of what felt right. After contacting some saints from the area, there was a tiny voice within me, barely audible, saying that this school needed a testimony of the Lord. I knew that such a thought could not have come from myself. In high school, I may have been loud about many things, but the gospel was not one of them. When it came to choosing colleges, I wanted to know which school had good professors, a pretty campus, etc. With regards of being around sisters and the church life, I was at most lukewarm. Still, I knew that this is what the Lord wanted, and took a leap of faith, and He has provided for me every step of the way. Eph. 3:17-18 says,
That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love, May be full of strength to apprehend with all the saints what the breadth and length and height and depth are.
I enjoyed that this semester the Lord has given me the way to enter into the practical Christian life—allowing Him to make His home in our hearts personally, and apprehending with all the saints the vast dimensions of our rich Christ. Many times, when I began worrying about the next four years of my life at school, and the decisions I would make concerning my major, the Lord would tell me just to stop, and take time to behold Him. Hallelujah! God just wants man to stop and enjoy Him.
I am glad to say that the church life is so precious. From the first day, I was showered with the outpouring love of the saints. They invited us into their homes for meals and gave us a home away from home where we could pursue Christ together. He also placed me with a vital group of sisters that could pray with and sing with during the week. I’m also continually amazed at the number of open and seeking students around me and to see the seeds of life begin to grow in them. Without the supply of the saints, my enjoyment of Christ would have been much drier. It is only in the Body that we can receive the abundance of life John 10:10 speaks of. Only the Body of Christ is truly pleasing to the Lord. Praise the Lord! May He gain His full expression on the earth today! [sister Diana’s testimony about her first semester in college]