I finished my first semester of college with a 1.98 GPA.
I was notified that if I didn’t pull my grades up, I would lose my academic scholarship. I was completely embarrassed.
My poor academic performance had created self-doubt. Could I even finish college? For a day or two I toyed with the idea of dropping out.
Fortunately for me, someone intervened. A senior vice president at the university, Don Carson, rescued me. He learned about my poor grades and reached out to me. Dr. Carson helped me formulate a plan to improve my study habits, got me involved on campus and even gave me a job in his office. My grades improved dramatically. His support gave me confidence and a new sense of direction- gifts that I’ll never be able to repay.
Have you ever felt like that? Embarrassed, scared or not sure of what to do?
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
God has promised us all the support and guidance that we’ll ever need.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Whenever the trials and pressures of this world overwhelm us, we need to remember our God- who is faithful forever.
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Psalm 33:4
My prayer this week is to be grateful for God’s promise to protect me when I’m weak.
Let me know how I may pray for you.