God is the most detailed Planner of all time! Nothing is a coincidence when God is on the move! My Heavenly Father took countless pieces of a puzzle and hand picked where each one would connect. I just imagine the joy radiating through Him, and the smile on His face as I kept watching Him open doors for my weekend at Liberty!
Four years ago, I met a girl named Natalie at FUGE camp in the mountains of North Carolina. I was thirteen years old going into eighth grade. At the time, I was struggling with finding my identity in temporary things, and needing freedom from some unhealthy relationships. It was my first time attending FUGE camp, and I LOVED each second of it!
At FUGE camp, campers sign up for “tracks”, which are activities they will do each day. I was in a painting and peer evangelism track.
On the first day of the painting track, everyone was put into groups. My group included: two other girls, one guy, and myself. One of the girls, Natalie, and I really connected. We had a lot in common, and just instantly bonded.
Each groups’ painting was to be sold for missions’ money. (Natalie’s church actually bought our painting!) The finished product of our canvas was red with the Earth in the center. A missions statement (“Pray Give Go”) was written inside the Earth, and white prints of each of our hands extended towards the Earth.
Although Natalie and I had only met that week and spent a few hours together, we knew God had allowed our paths to cross for a divine purpose.
Once camp was over and we were all back home, Natalie and I became “pen pals” and constantly encouraged one another!
During the years between then to now, we dreamed of the day we’d see each other in person again.
I believe God gives us glimpses into the future through nudges.
For some reason (I know it was God), I had a “crazy” thought that maybe- just maybe- Natalie and I would go to the same college one day. God had also given each of us a nudge about Liberty University. We both knew something was special about the school, and how it could/would possibly be a huge part of our lives in the future.
Fast forward to the fall of 2017…
I am now a junior in high school and Natalie is a freshman at (you guessed it) Liberty University!
The teachers of my school go to Myrtle Beach each year for a conference. While they are gone, students receive a few days out of school! This year’s break was September 27-29 along with the weekend!
One of my aunts planned a vacation to Massanutten, Virginia at the end of September. She asked my mom if our family be interested in joining her on vacation there. Behind the scenes, mom helped plan our trip to Massanutten while also hoping we could tour Liberty while in Virginia.
Over the summer, I received an email from Liberty regarding a scholarship opportunity. It was called the “Unashamed Project”. The requirements were to:
- Write a 500-1500 word paper on how you live unashamed for Christ
- Submit the paper by a certain date
- Register for and attend September 28-31 CFAW
- Present your paper to a panel of judges
What the paper asked for was what I had just shared on the television broadcast with Mrs. Elkie! I remember going into my parent’s room, and showing them the video and information for the Unashamed Project Scholarship. They also realized this was clearly a door God was leading me through.
*Spoiler Alert: I was not the receiver of the scholarship, but I did gain some things that were even more valuable!
At this point in the story, I was out of school, had Liberty’s College for a Weekend, a scholarship opportunity, and my family had a resort to stay at ALL during September 28-31!
God truly blows me away with His goodness and faithfulness!
After finding out I’d be at Liberty for the last weekend in September, I told Natalie! We then each found hope in the possibility of me rooming with her! Since she has only been at Liberty around five weeks, she didn’t really know what the process included to host a CFAW student.
I’ll go ahead and let you know.. we did end up rooming together!
She told me the fact she was able to host me was a God-thing in itself!
After checking into Liberty around 2:00 on Thursday, I received my room assignment with Natalie! My parents, Darby, and I finally made it to the right dorm building after turning around a few times.
Once I found the right room number and knocked lightly on the door, Natalie and I were reunited in person for the first time in four years!
This post just gives God glory for orchestrating every detail for my weekend at Liberty! He is so good! I have SO much more to tell you about my time at Liberty that I’m having to split it up into a few different posts! Be encouraged that God’s timing truly is better than anything we could ever plan on our own!