Good morning. I am Trisha Marie Arancina from Sunday School Ministry. I would love to share on how God works marvelously in my life.
When I was a child, my mother would always tell me that she wanted to be an engineer, but she failed to reach it due to financial difficulties. So I affirmed that I will pursue my mother’s dream.
I had a lot of experiences as an engineering student. For instance, I had attended my class without any sleep because of my project which was not working yet. I also got frustrated because my thesis paper was not 80% progressing. Delightedly, I graduated my bachelor’s degree last July 2018 by God’s grace. Nonetheless, my struggles are not yet finished.
The Lord had tested my faith when I took my licensure exam. During my preparation for it, I preferred to read my reference books more than the Bible because I need to review intensively. I did not have my daily devotion because I spent all of my precious time to study. Consequently, I chose to focus more on pursuing my dream than pursuing God in my life. Nevertheless, the Lord is great because He did not leave me during my weakest time.
I went back home to Cavite to talk with my mother. But before it happened, I saw the book entitled “The Lord is near”. I prayed that the Lord will give me His Word to ease the pain I was experiencing. When I opened the book, I read Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
The Lord is indeed amazing! Despite I had always prioritized things that should not be my top priority, He was still there for me. I really felt His presence during that time. I cried and prayed a lot. I couldn’t do it without Him. I surrendered my fears and worries to Him. Although I trust God, I have still doubted if He would grant my request.
Last October 2018, I took my licensure exam, but I failed to pass.
I asked the Lord why I did not make it. I cried, yet I still felt His presence and comfort. I had heard Him saying that He has greater plans for me so I should move forward because He is with me. Then, I promised Him that He will be my top priority.So I came back to Sunday School Ministry and became active again in serving.
Moreover, the Lord did not fail me indeed because He allowed me to pass the Electronics Technician Licensure Exam and I was hired immediately in a company. The Lord is great!
I prayed again that I will try to take the Engineering Board Exam on April 2019. I was working in the morning and studying at night. It was not tiring because the Lord has strengthened me.
Before the examination, I doubted myself and felt pressure once again. Then I have a friend who encouraged me to attend the EXCEL service. So I did and talked with God that I would surrender all my pressures, worries and fears to Him.
The examination day was getting nearer. I did not read any of my review books, but only the Bible and a book entitled “A Pocketful of Promises of the Lord”. During the examination, I laid my hands to the test paper before I open it. I also prayed to God that I would leave everything in His hands and I would only shade the answers. That time, I passed the examination. This was not because of my acquired knowledge but because of His glory. If He was not with me, I would have failed that test. He is the One who answered it for me so He deserves to be praised.
At times, our faith will be tested by the Lord. You will lose but you will be restored. You are being restored by God and everything will be perfect in His time.
Matthew 6:33 stated, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Now I am an engineer by His grace. To God be all the glory!