“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things and the things that are not to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God that is our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1: 27-31)
That scripture beautifully illustrates my grad school journey.
Going into the process I knew I had a pretty well-rounded application with my college transcripts and work experience but I knew my test scores would be my Achilles heel.
Let’s be honest…with my test scores I shouldn’t have been granted an interview much less been offered a fellowship covering tuition and fees but God.
I took the GRE three times and each time I knew my score was below the average for accepted students into USC Marshall School of Business. But I leaned on God and in faith pressed forward with my application.
After 5 months of work it was decision time…would I still submit my application even if I didn’t think it was top-notch?
I think at this point the enemy wanted me to quit; to not even try, to stop short of the finishline. But I preserved in faith.
“My flesh and heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 74: 26)
It would be a month after I submitted my application before I was contacted for an interview and another two months before I would be awarded my fellowship. But God came through.
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
I hope my journey encourages you to continue on the path of whatever you are working on and remember God has the final say!