92: Joy Will Come

92: Joy Will Come

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Getting In...To College

Joy Will Come

Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway.

~Mary C. Crowley

Chris’s 6:00 A.M. knock on the bathroom door surprised me.

I opened it to see our son with a shocked look on his face. Chris said in anguish, “I didn’t get in.”

I didn’t understand, so he repeated, “I didn’t get in.” Then the tears came. Our high school senior hadn’t cried in years.

“What am I going to do now?”

Chris had checked on the website and found that he was denied entrance into his number one college choice. In fact, it was his only choice. Chris was crushed and broken hearted! He had only applied to one school.

When we visited the college a few months earlier, everything seemed to click. We found a great parking spot; the tour guide even mentioned the Fellowship of Christian Athletes play Ultimate Frisbee (one of our son’s passions) every Thursday night! I was thoroughly convinced this was the college Chris should go to. My husband wasn’t so sure. “Just apply to a few more, just to cover all your bases,” John said. But I assured him it was a done deal.

The evening after Chris found out the news, John took him upstairs to the computer and proceeded to apply to two more colleges—I stayed downstairs, out of this application process! He got waitlisted at college number two, but number three quickly accepted him. Needless to say, he was not overjoyed about starting college at a “third choice” school in the fall, but he felt it was in the plan somehow, so he agreed to go.

After we visited the college in the spring, Chris decided this might be a good fit for him after all (the joy was beginning to come). As the summer went on, he actually became excited about going to the school and looked forward to beginning classes in the fall.

Chris got married this past summer. He married a wonderful young woman he met at that third choice college, which was the best choice after all. He graduated with honors and was accepted into his number one graduate school selection for the fall.

If you asked Chris if he is joyful now, he would quickly say yes! Was he joyful that early morning over four years ago? The answer would probably be no. He did tell his classmates, that stressful day when he received the news, “that God had a plan.” He didn’t understand it, but everything would be okay. Chris just needed to obey and wait to see it all unfold, which took four years.

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine...”(1 Peter 1:6-7-NIV). This verse has proven true in our son’s life.

Chris now understands why things happened the way they did and he is joyful about the outcome. His faith was tested, but he was rewarded for his obedience. True joy came many mornings later as Chris followed the plan uniquely designed for him, instead of charting his own.

~Gail J. Veale

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