Sometimes God procrastinates. He has had all of time knowing what will happen and yet He still waits until the last minute to pull things together. Yet the sudden perfection of everything falling together comes off as far more dazzling then if it was revealed in advance.
For the past couple weeks I’ve been thinking about a Bioethics Certification course. The reading and assignments are done online and then participants attend a seminar this fall and a case studies day next May. The problem? The cost. The certification program is $2900 and then travel, lodging, food, and transportation for Bismarck and Philadelphia would need to be arranged. It seemed an impossible amount for a Catholic school teacher with a remarkable amount of debt.
The beginning of this week I talked to my department head at school. Sister thought it sounded like a great idea and encouraged me to talk to the principal about funding. The conversation with the principal the next day was a little less uplifting. He told me an amount that would cover the trip to Bismarck, which left me questioning if I could financially pull off the rest of the tuition and trips.
In desperation, I sent an email to the Bioethics center asking if they had any scholarships, donations, or funds for those who wanted to do the certification but couldn’t afford it. I wasn’t extremely hopeful, even though I told them I was in the e-mail. It seemed this dream wouldn’t be fulfilled.
The next day my parents called and left me a message. We filed taxes incredibly late and so they were letting me know what my tax refund would be. I was a bit surprised at the amount and my first thought was that it would definitely help pay for the certification program if I ended up doing it.
My mom and I went out for supper the next night and I talked about it with her. I wanted to do the program but I didn’t want the cost to spiral out of control. It would be stressful to realize part way through the program that it would cost more than I anticipated. My biggest concern was how much the trip to Philadelphia would cost.
That night I talked to my housemates about the program. It is obvious that I want to do it, but I was still conflicted. In bed that night, I asked Jesus to make it clear to me if He wanted me to do the program or not. Time was running short to register for the program but I wasn’t entirely convinced.
The next morning I was giving a couple quizzes in my classroom and I checked my e-mail. There was an e-mail from the priest in charge of the bioethics program. He said they tried to find someone to help me out financially and a donor offered $1000 for a student who needed tuition assistance. He was wondering if I would accept the money and he hoped it would enable me to take part in the program this year.
I sat there in shock looking at my computer screen.
It had all fallen together.
Between the tuition assistance and my tax refund, I would only need to cover a few hundred dollars. The school was offering to pay for the trip to Bismarck but I could maybe stretch that a little more. All that was needed was me to cover Philadelphia.
It was a beautiful feeling that morning. The Lord had pulled it all together and just in time. I grabbed another faculty member to watch my students take their quiz and I called my mom. Speaking the words that I had only read so far was incredible. She was not surprised but said she expected something to come up. The joy began to overflow and I started to cry a little.
There was a deep-seated peace within me. I wasn’t wondering anymore about if the Lord wanted me to be in this program or if it was my own desires. He pulled everything into place in the perfect time.
So perhaps God wasn’t just procrastinating this entire time. Maybe He was teaching me to wait patiently and to trust in Him.