by Elisabeth Allen
My life at the moment is propped up, at either end like bookends, with studying. I’m so grateful to have this chance to study. It’s something I’ve wanted for years. I love the reading and writing. I even love the thrill of submitting my essays and getting my marks. That surprises me a bit. I’m a homeschool graduate. I’ve never competed or measured my achievements by marks and I’ve never, personally, been competitive. I’m still more interested in education than schooling.
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
I’ve been thinking recently how life is … surprising. I said I’ve wanted to study for years. That’s true. This time last year I was considering a number of options for studying. I had no idea that, a year later, I’d be concluding my third term of study and not only would my bedroom be occupied by piles of books and stacks of essays but my mind would be overflowing with new words, new ideas, new imaginings, new ways of seeing the world and new possibilities of making something of it for God … with stories among other things. I suppose that’s how God works. Sometimes He surprises us with good things we didn’t expect … and our response is breathless, delighted, grateful SURPRISE!
How has God surprised you recently? I’d really like to know, if you care to share. How is it challenging and changing you today?