He controls the course of world events; He removes kings and sets up other kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars. Daniel 2:21
This has been my life for the last 8 or more years. Being a mom, a wife, a minister, and a student means many late nights, or many stolen moments at the local Panera or Starbucks, completing assignments and narrowly missing deadlines. For the first time in these 8 or more years, I actually turned in my final assignment of a very long semester, not only on time, but a week early-something drastically different than the usual frantic, nail-biting, procrastination I have been prone to most of my academic career. As I turned in that final assignment, I also did something else different than the frantic prayers I usually scream to God at 11:59 PM on most Sunday nights-I stopped and thanked Him for the knowledge he has blessed me with all these years, for the motivation to not only complete an undergraduate degree, but to pursue further studies, and for the strength to handle the chaos of life, and homework assignments.
“The ultimate ground of faith and knowledge is confidence in God.” -Charles Hodge
Most would say the desire to acquire knowledge, attend college, and pursue one’s dreams and desires is determined by one’s internal motivation. One that we are inherently born with, and that can be fostered or hindered by environmental factors and biology. As a psychology major, I get that, I don’t dispute the scientific evidence of how the human brain works. My own motivation to pursue my dreams could have been hindered by environmental and social factors. I am the first person in my immediate family to graduate from high school, so if science had defined my destiny, then college was certainly out of the question. Graduate school? Um, sure…not a chance!
The heart of a man plans his ways, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
However, genetics and social circumstances did not determine my destiny. Sure, the science behind human motivation and behavior had something to do with my determination to follow my dreams, and biology may have had something to do with the fact I was born a dreamer, but ultimately, God had the say about what my life would look like. He provided me with the drive and the capabilities to truly believe I could accomplish all I wanted out of life, despite my family history. He provided me with the means, the strength, and the power to pursue my dreams, and to do so in a way that would glorify Him. Did I ever plan on becoming a children’s pastor? Did I ever plan to have a heart that would hurt for those that are in prison? Ever plan on the desire to help them make their lives better? No, but God put the right people in my life. He established the circumstances in my life, and made the way the way for me long before I was born. Yes, I imagined being a college graduate. It was a dream of mine since I can remember. I formulated that plan many years ago. It took me a while to get there, and I took a few detours along the way. God was with me every step of the way, and I know he will be with me and provide me with the strength, knowledge, and power I need to take the next step of this journey. Of our journey. Of His journey.
I know he will provide me with the wisdom and knowledge that could not come from any textbook, or a set of flash cards. I know he will continue to give me the strength to continue this academic journey through His power.
Yes, knowledge is power, Sir Francis Bacon. Knowledge is GOD’s power!