My last post was about a wedding I attended in college. At that time in my life I had recently experienced a bad break up that had really devastated me. Romans 8:28 had always been one of my favorite verses and I repeated it to myself often, especially at that point in my life.
I’m a Senior, by then, at Auburn University majoring in Speech Language Pathology. I had really been through so much I thought about quitting school and going back to Barnesville, Georgia. Back home. My life seemed like one big mess at the time. It seemed hopeless. But I wouldn’t let myself quit school, hard as it was in light of all I had gone through. I was too close to finishing my degree.
I will finish my degree. I will finish my degree. I will finish my degree. I told myself this over and over. Finally, I made it to my last semester! Seniors got priority registration at that time and it was my chance to take an easy elective class called organic gardening. It was one of those types of classes where you basically show up to class and get an A! All the quizzes and tests had the questions and answers printed in the materials the instructor handed out at the beginning of the semester! So it was an easy A.
The only problem was deciding which class to take. There were probably 8 or 9 different time slots being offered so I had to figure out the classes I actually needed to take and squeeze in the organic gardening elective where I could.
I narrowed the choice down to an afternoon class. I couldn’t decide which time though. I went back and forth trying to decide which would be the most convenient time to take this very easy “joke” class. (In hindsight, I really wish I would have payed attention in class more…the gardening information may have been useful! ) 😊
So I decided on 2:00 for the organic gardening class. It was pretty much a random decision or so I thought. Turns out God had a plan all along.
I’m sitting in organic gardening class one day by myself. The instructor was passing back our graded tests and I see a familiar face of a guy I remembered from Chi Alpha. Our eyes meet as he is retrieving his test and he walks over and says “Don’t you go to Chi Alpha. Isn’t your name Tiffany?” I said yes. He introduced himself and invited me to sit with him and some of his friends at the next class. I said okay.
I’m leaving out a lot here, but the guy ended up to be my future husband!
I never would have been in that class if I had quit. I never would have ended up at Auburn University if not for the relationship that ended badly. God even guided me to pick the same class time that he knew Murry Guy would be taking.
Is all this a coincidence? I don’t think so. Even though my life seemed like a disaster at the time, and I couldn’t see how things could get better, God was working things, even the bad things, out for my good. He loves to do that for those that love Him and are His children. He does this for us when we don’t even realize it. He loves us and wants good things for us.
PS. Remember the wedding I mentioned?Murry was sitting right behind me at that wedding watching me and I had no idea!
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.