Monday, February 25, 2013

And the Answer Is...

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.  -Jeremiah 29:11-13*


*****UPDATE - See bottom of post*****

I posted this prayer request on Treasure in Earthen Vessels on January 21: "Direction: That we might discern the next step the Lord has for us. Do we continue in aviation? If so, where?" It's a question we've been asking the Lord since we broke away from Trinity Aviation Academy (TAA) last December.

To those of you who have been praying, thank you. We have heard the Lord's answer.

A few months ago, a friend encouraged me to pray about whether to attend a local state school, Clover Park Technical College, for my Airframe & Powerplant certification. The school has a good reputation, and was attended by not only this friend, but also by an instructor at TAA, and the director of TAA himself (to whom I was apprenticed for over a year). 

I promptly forgot about it.

A few weeks ago, my friend again encouraged me to look into Clover Park. This coincided with Bonnie's and my changed prayer to the Lord. Overriding the question "Where do we complete this education?", we began to ask, "Where do we look to be planted in a local church body?" 



How often do we Christians ask that question when we are looking at a major change in life? What importance do we actually place on being rooted in God's house? We are already planted in a good church, as Bonnie has related to you in the past. If God wanted us to uproot from that, we wanted a sure sign that the direction was from Him.

Two weeks ago, I attended a tour/orientation of Clover Park's aviation maintenance program. The program is solid, and the instructors are enthusiastic. Only problem is: there's a waiting list. The target date to get into the program was Fall, 2015.

After the tour, I sat in the parking lot and prayed. I was discouraged. I had hoped that my experience over the last year might equip me to slip into the program during the Summer quarter, taking the last few courses first, and then start in the Fall with the rest of the new guys. I was told the classes were too full - they couldn't possibly take me in the middle of the program. I realized I would need to wait on the Lord all summer, and take my chances for an opening during registration like everybody else. 

I was about to scrap my plan to meet the admission folks that evening, and just drive home.  But, I had no peace with that decision, so I turned around. On my way, my friend called and informed me that the program actually starts twice a year, Spring and Fall. The registration for Spring was in 1 week. Somewhere along the drive, the Lord renewed my hope in Him, and I thought, "What a perfect opportunity for the Lord to communicate His will to us! What's a waiting list to Him, but a chance to defy the odds and bring glory to Himself?"

By the time I arrived at the college's Admissions department, the target date had moved! To the Spring of 2016…

Admission to the college went smoothly, thanks to a wonderfully pleasant lady in the department, and I went home still encouraged, determined that my hope would rest in the Lord.

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As of Friday last week, I am a student of the 2-year-long Clover Park Aviation Maintenance program and will (God willing) start attending classes on April 1st. If the Lord wills, the classes will be completely paid by the GI Bill for the duration. Also as He wills, we will remain planted in our church body, growing in the Lord, being equipped, and serving His people. Praise God!

What's a little thing like a 3-year waiting list to the Lord? 

-Gabe, 2-24-13

*****UPDATE, 2-28-13*****

The Lord has provided, again. Gabe's application for the Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits was accepted (for 100% of the benefit), and will cover all tuition, provide a stipend for books, and pay a housing allowance. Praise God!



*When I began this post, I was thinking about what verse best applied to the topic at hand. The first verse that came to mind was Jeremiah 29:11, and the thought was immediately followed by "Nah, maybe that one's overused…". Then I arrived at BibleGateway.com, the site I prefer for the Bible quotes I use in this blog. Whaddya' know, the Verse of the Day today is Jeremiah 29:11-13. Ok, Lord, I hear you.


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