…neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. (Isaiah 55:8, KJV)

This scenario happened to me nearly 5 years ago when I worked in a college admissions office.

A potential student called my office the other day stating a desire to major in nursing.  Now, to work in a hospital as with many professions, one must have a background check, and our nursing students are aware of this.  My prospect had a felony several years ago and called to find out how far back they check because she really wants to be a nurse.  I told her I was not sure and would research the matter.

When I hung up the phone, I sat there alone in my office, and my flesh blatantly thought, “She probably did not know she would want to be a nurse one day when she committed the felony.”  Who did I think I was?  Did I suddenly think I had arrived?  I had not spoken it to anyone, but God heard me, and I was convicted.

One thing I love about the Lord is how quickly he corrects us.  I thought of Job 5:17 (KJV), “Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty.”  Within seconds, I was reminded of how God has given me chance after chance, even when I was in my mess, having pity parties and questioning God about situations I’d encountered and other circumstances.  And let’s not forget justifying my actions, saying things like “God understands; that’s just how I am.”  Through it all, God showed me favor.  If I knew God’s plan for my life, there are a few things that I would have thought twice before acting on, just like the potential student who now has a desire to become a nurse.  She probably did not see her future or contemplate the consequences when she committed the felony.

I won’t know her outcome because my office does not track students from prospect to graduation.  What I do know is that talking to her and hearing her desire to change her life so she could help others made me think of our increasing desire to be obedient to the will of God.  He has a plan and a purpose for each of us; to use us that he may be glorified.

Lastly, as God’s word manifests in our lives, we must remember Romans 12:3. Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.

From the heart of
Minister Sharon Finney