I can’t remember a time in my post-secondary studies when I was not in need of money, oh yes, maybe my first semesters as a freshman in college. Well, that was the only golden age, because after that, it became rough. I have to be grateful though that my tuition and rent were always paid on time, I definitely can’t lie about that; but as a student, expenses go beyond just tuition and rent. You also have to pay for textbooks, food, clothing, student activities, and the list goes on and on. And when cash is tight, what is a child of God to do?
When I started college, I was jobless; my father’s company covered my tuition, dorm, and campus meal plan expenses. For the rest, my parents gave me pocket money to cater for my needs. It was so difficult to get a job but by the grace of God, I managed to get an on-call campus job as an invigilator (also known as ‘proctor’). My monthly pocket money got reduced after a while due to various circumstances, and that’s when things got a bit challenging. I had what I needed not what I wanted. I couldn’t always afford healthier food from outside campus, transport money was scarce, and not to talk about shopping for clothes. Textbooks! Oh my! Let’s not even go there! When you’re a student, you have to meditate on all the possible means to avoid purchasing them at their big, fat, and expensive market prices!
As a child of God, it’s challenging not to whine when you’re found under the above circumstances; when you wish you had more or sometimes have to make excuses to avoid going out eating/shopping with friends because you can’t afford it. Nonetheless, our God is still on His throne, He is the same God who reassures us:
But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.” “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even she may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands—Isaiah 49:14-16
The Lord knows our needs and wants, and has not forgotten us because we’re forever ‘tattooed’ on Him. He will answer us in the time of His favor and in the day of His salvation, He will help us. I learned how to put my trust in the Lord and be content with whatever I had and did not have. It wasn’t easy but was doable. The same way I would encourage all SSU to cast your burdens unto the Lord for He cares for you. Acquire the art of satisfaction regardless of the situations; our God’s name is Jehovah Jireh, our provision, and He will surely provide for your unmet needs and wants.