“Almost everyone at Georgia Tech majors in computer science or engineering, so as a Korean American in international affairs, I stick out. Whenever I mention my major, I either get looks of “why’re you here?” or total disinterest.
On top of that, I haven’t completed any elite internships. I was discouraged, until God showed me that, because I’ve built nothing myself, I’m unable to boast. Every door that opens is a testament to His faithfulness. And He’s been opening many doors, lately!
I recently crossed paths with a woman who works on Capitol Hill. She directed me to the Korean American Grassroots Conference, which hosts an all-expenses-paid college conference in Washington. The application deadline had passed, but when I spoke with the director, he told me to apply anyway. I got my flight confirmation the next morning. That was God.
The entire trip, God poured out His favor. I found an amazing community of people who are now helping me find opportunities on Capitol Hill — a dream I never knew I had. On my flight back home, a rainbow appeared outside of my window. In that moment, I was reminded of God’s promise to Noah. The Lord holds true to His Word and His Word says this: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). Indeed, He does.
This is all coming after years of humbling. As Scripture reads, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:6). It was impossible for me to “acknowledge Him” while I was fearing the opinions of others. Fortunately, God has delivered me from this fear and, as a result, He is now straightening my paths.
Today, when people ask about my future, I joyfully tell them that I don’t know. I’m thankful that I don’t know, because this uncertainty keeps me wholly dependent on the Lord. This, I know: walking with Him will take me so much further than straying and striving on my own. My efforts are nothing in comparison to His movement! His plan is greater than mine — and all He requires of me is faithfulness.” - Shine, 21
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