Story of Hope: Jeremy A
"I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." —Psalm 27:13-14 (NIV)
In the summer of 2014, I was enrolled in what I believed was my last quarter at Strayer University, finally completing my MBA program that started in January of 2007. In that seven year span, I had taken some time off from school, and failed a couple classes that would need to be re-taken prior to graduation. I was previously told in January of 2013 that I had to sit out a year due to academic probation (which turns out wasn't true). I had finally spoken to just about every member of their Business school, and had managed to get them to let me re-enroll to take my final classes.
Because my graduate school track had taken so long, I was no longer eligible for financial aid. I did however manage to work out a payment plan with the business office at the RTP campus, so that I could begin classes in the summer quarter of 2014. Everything was good to go....or so I thought. The summer quarter was set to end in September of 2014. About two weeks prior to that, I got a phone call from the registrar's office regarding signing up for classes in the fall quarter. I had already applied for fall graduation that year and paid the $150. As the registrar continued with the conversation, they informed me that while I was away from school, the curriculum had changed and I now needed two more classes to graduate which could not be covered by classes under the old curriculum.
I remember the feeling of complete despair that came over me in the parking deck that day as I was on the phone. Graduate classes in that program were around $2100 a course, and there was no way I could come up with $4200 in two weeks. For a moment, I felt defeated. I felt that my journey was over. The question began to race in my mind, "Why would God allow me to come this far, only to not finish?" And that's when it hit me: He wouldn't. I walked outside, bowed my head, and prayed this simple prayer: "God, I am at the end of my resources. I trust that either you will provide the money I need, or find a way for me to graduate. Either way, I trust you." It was probably one of the boldest prayers I have ever prayed.
A couple days later, the registrar called me back. Turns out that I could still graduate on time, all I had to do was switch my MBA concentration from Human Resource Management to Professional Studies (which I gladly did). After the call ended, I couldn't help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude that God had heard my prayers. It was in that moment that I realized how much God wants us to honor him in bold prayers, but also to remember we have hope in Him for all things in this life and the life to come.
Maybe it's not school. Maybe it's a marriage. A child. A broken family relationship. A job. An addiction. An uncertainty about where to turn. Any number of these things can make hope seem like an impossible feat. But I would urge anyone to consider just how much God loves you, and that in his infinite wisdom, mercy and grace, He always comes through.