Passing the Final Exams with God's Help!
Hi everyone around the world,
I’m Rico from Coffs Harbour (Australia) and I want to tell you how the Lord brought me through my final exams.
As I started my landscaping apprenticeship in 2005 in Frankfurt (Germany), I never expected that the next nine years were so intensive and life changing. One year later, I got baptized and Spirit-filled and a new life in Christ started, the old life was gone forever and every sin was forgiven.
A few years later the final exams came up and I thought, with God everything is possible, but then I failed and didn't know how to react to this. Thoughts like: 'Why was this happening?' and 'Didn't God hear my prayers?'
Over the following two years I tried again, but it was always the same bad result. In between I went to the army, worked as a landscaper in a small company, but still I was without any certification. But during the years God looked always after me and provided for everything in my life.
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
...I had only three months to learn the stuff from my apprenticeship.
Last year in January, I decided to do my exams again, but I knew already that it would be hard and it would take a lot of time to prepare. The exams scheduled for June and I received an invitation in March, which meant I had just three months left to study and go through all the course materials of this 3-year apprenticeship . Every day after work and during the weekends I kept studying my books. It was very exhausting, but God gave me enough strength to learn day by day.
"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
The day of the written exam came closer and I was getting quite nervous, but the Lord led me through everything. Two weeks later, the hardest part came - the practical exam - I had never passed this one before. So I knew that God had to do a miracle on this day and that without Him I couldn't do anything. During the exam I was very stressed out and thoughts came up such as ‘Rico, you won't make it today’... But I knew that was from the devil and not of God.
After the exam was over, the examiners came over to look at our gardening projects. I started to pray quietly, that I would pass and that they would not focus on the weak points of my design. Praise the Lord - the result was that I passed my practical exam, after three times of failing - what a big relief! On the way home I praised God for this major prayer answer and was full of joy and couldn't believe what was happening.
Six months after completing the apprenticeship I was able to move to Australia, another step which the Lord led and guided me through. I am planning to get married in the next few months.
Never give up, if you're facing big exams and tests, even if you fail once or as in my case many times. It’s always God's timing and as Christians we are thankful that our lives are in His hands.
Love in Christ,