The Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6
Any amalgam of figures beyond basic sums and arithmetic has always been challenging to me. When my counselor told me that in order to receive my diploma for a post-graduate degree, the final course I needed to take was Advanced Multivariate Statistics, I almost froze in horror. I protested long and hard—“This is supposed to be the easiest class I have to take. It’s my last,” I complained. He had guided me so deftly for years, and here at the end he was putting my high GPA (grade point average) in peril.
I would like to say Dr. Grey was sympathetic but instead, I think he rather enjoyed my plight. He tried to ease my discomfort by saying that the professor was someone everybody loved and that I would have no trouble. (But somewhere behind all the protest, I think a smile lurked.) I left his office wondering how I would ever make it through that final course.
I arrived early the first day of class in order to visit with the professor that “everybody loved” only to discover that her class load hadn’t permitted her to teach the course. Instead, I was confronted with a very young man wearing hiking shorts and boots and very new to the faculty—someone who, obviously, had to prove himself. I really was between what we in Texas call “a rock and a hard place.”
After the first class, with material which seemed vaguely familiar, I took my text home and began studying. AND PRAYING. Every page was read and re-read and prayed over. God had created systems and numbers and ways of interpreting data, so I went straight to the Source. And I went straight to Matt. (That’s what our new professor told us to call him. Not Dr. Matt… but just Matt.) Every time he had office hours, I was there learning from him. And I prayed.
Advanced Multivariate Statistics is not the only challenge I’ve had, but I learned through that and other similar lessons that I don’t have to lean on my own understanding when I’m in God’s will—that HE gives knowledge and understanding, being all-knowing and the creator of all things. We do our part (studying, in this case), and he gives us everything we need to follow him and to do his will. We must never allow circumstances to defeat us. He either provides the way through or gives us the resources to resolve them or the grace to live in them.
In everything, we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus. I AM NOT A MATHEMATICIAN, but I finished that class with an A. Yea, God.
Father, thank you that you care about all our cares, even those that seem trivial to everyone else. Strengthen our faith to trust you in all things and to stand still and to see your salvation. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.