The text message reads, “soooo I got a job."
It is a deceivingly brief and simple message that represents weeks of searching (on her part) and praying (on our part). It is the essential piece of the puzzle that had been missing; so essential that had it not been found and placed, she would have had to come home.
We know our financial situation is not unique among families of students at Southern; in fact, it is probably the norm. It is that knowledge that caused my husband and I to stay after her to apply everywhere (even the less-than-desirable places); we know that there are many students and perhaps not as many employment opportunities. We know that now is the prime time for her to learn that the job market is competitive, which she will surely continue to fully understand as she moves into adulthood.
Another part of her learning curve in the last couple weeks has been the cost of college textbooks. She told me the cost of her textbooks, and being the bargain-hunter that I am, I resolved to find a better deal. (My apologies to the Campus Shop.) When all was said and done, Amazon and I have completed yet another transaction, and we have saved approximately $130.
$130 sounds like a drop in the bucket, but it is better than nothing when we have just paid our first monthly statement to Southern—sticker shock!—and when we have three other children in Adventist schools. Adventist education is worth every penny, in my opinion, but we have to be wise with those pennies and make them stretch as far as possible.
And so we wait to see how the new job goes, and how our daughter grows, as she learns what ‘real’ college life is like. She must learn to prioritize her time as she has never done before, and learn precalculus and accounting and business classes; and figure out when to study and when to work and what is most important.
As parents, we could plot and plan it out for her. But then this important lesson, essential to the rest of her life, would go unlearned for now, making future life lessons even more challenging. And so we pray for wisdom for her and for ourselves, and for divine Guidance in her everyday decisions--because we know and trust that Someone else has a plan for her.