Jasmine's Place Issue No. 17 - March/April 2017 - Page 11

encouragement. I explained as difficult as it was, there was a reason he was at that campus, those classes, this semester, for “such a time as this.” I prayed it would be revealed to help him, but I admitted there was no guarantee. I challenged him to look for that purpose and to trust God in the now, just as He directs his future steps. It didn’t take long before he had a group project where they had to interview each other. It was up to the interviewer to discern what was important to share with the others when it was time to present. When it was time for the group to explain everything about our son, the professor interjected. He went on to explain the different ways the church helped the community from putting on a Broadway quality Passion Play to a drive through coffee and prayer ministry every week. A hand raised and a young man who introduced himself as an atheist pointed toward our son. “If I were to believe, that’s what I would want my faith to look like. He doesn’t just talk about it, he lives it.” As my son replayed the conversation, we both had a revelation. Perhaps that was the very reason he was at that campus. For that class. For that moment. Because weeks later, he was accepted into the next semester at the closer campus that was a little smaller. Looking For God’s Bigger Purpose. “Does he go to church?” The students didn’t know. Our son answered that he did. The professor asked if he had a denomination he was associated with. When Brian told her, she stopped the class. “You missed a major piece of information. His church affiliation is important.” With that, she took over the interview. She asked if he served in any capacity, he told the class he played drums as part of the praise team. “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14-15, NASB Julie is an author and speaker encouraging you to find freedom through surrender and chocolate. She is the author of the surrendered time series the first two books, Entrusted and Entangled are available now. Visit her at www.juliearduini.com JASMINE'S PLACE 11 11