No Coincidences

August 5th, 2019 Posted by Class of 2019

Jesus has been so good to me. Getting to spend the last three months intentionally pursuing the Lord has blessed me beyond my understanding. I feel like Jesus and I have been on this continuous trajectory over the past couple years of growing deeper into a relationship with each other. I am recognizing how the events of my life had led me up to the current moment. Every beautiful or tough season isn’t merely a coincidence. The Lord has designed my life with meticulous detail. All these details have led me into the current moment and are equipping me for the future seasons to come. How differently can I look at my life with this as my perspective?

Before joining the school, I had prior knowledge that the school was heavily focused on equipping students to recognize and learn how to fight the injustices that exist in the world.  Prior to the school, I had a very vague understanding of what the word justice meant. There are five categories of injustices; spiritual emptiness, oppression, illiteracy, disease, and poverty. With the help of a mentor, I spent some time figuring out what injustices unsettle me the most deeply. I concluded that spiritual emptiness and oppression resonated with me most. One week ago, we had a week dedicated to the theme of justice. I learned something that shifted the way that I understood the existence of injustice. I learned that all of these injustices are interconnected. Poetice’s CEO Micah Kephart provided this example, if a girl is faced with the injustice of poverty, she could also be illiterate because she is unable to afford school fees. And since she is unable to get a job because she is illiterate, she is now oppressed and forced into prostitution as a way to survive. Since she is oppressed into this way of life, she feels hopeless spiritually or angry with God. In addition, she is also at risk for disease because of her oppression. I have learned that the way to tackle these injustices is collectively and all together. Knowing this, I am empowered to help others fight their injustices by sharing the good news of Jesus and by helping others through their hardships.


Lastly, I am so thankful that the Lord providing a way for me to be here. My heart beats with gratitude and thankfulness for this opportunity. I am unsure if I could properly articulate how beautiful and powerful the past few months have been for me. A massive thank you to all my supportive friends and family back home. Another big thanks to my fellow students and Poetice family, you have imprinted an everlasting effect on me.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Regan Sheldon
USA
2019 Student