Lesson from a Laundry Adventure
College is full of adventures. Some memories are made while hanging out on campus, others while exploring the Pensacola area, or even (as my most recent one was) while doing laundry.
I set out down the hall with my laundry, detergent, and PCC ID card in my arms. A girl on the hall helped me open the door to get into the laundry room, and with a cordial “thank you,” I walked through. As the door shut behind me, I tossed my dirty clothes in the first open washing machine and then proceeded to put my PCC ID card into the card reader machine to pay for my wash. Only, the card reader was broken. This small inconvenience then sent me to do my wash on other floors. Since I live on the west hall and the laundry rooms are on the east hall, I did a bit of walking up and down the halls to do laundry. However, I cannot complain because God used this small inconvenience to teach me an important lesson.
After having walked by dozens of residence hall rooms several times and admiring the pretty door signs on the other halls, a thought popped into my mind. Any of these could have been my room. Any of these people could have been my roommates. It was in that moment as I carried clean laundry back to my room that I became overwhelmed by my God and His perfect plan for my life. Any of those other rooms could have easily been the one I would live in for this semester, but they're not. Why? Because God, in His great wisdom, allowed me to be in this exact room with these people for this specific time of my life. After thinking about it more, I realized God did this exact same thing for thousands of others across campus. Jeremiah 29:11 says it best this way,
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."
What an amazing thought! Whether you are already a student or are going to become one, take comfort in the fact that whether it is your class schedule or who your roommates will be, God is in control of every single piece of your college experience.1