Joyfully Waiting : Enlistment Blues

"While waiting, pray for what you are waiting for."


I feel unworthy to write about waiting for by nature, I am impatient. However, what prompted me to write about waiting was my enrollment experience. I am an incoming 3rd year student in the University of the Philippines- Diliman. For those who are studying in UP, you know how hard it is to enroll. (Hard is even an understatement) I had no power in our online enlistment of classes for I am neither a freshie nor a graduating student.


So what?


I had to enlist 3 subjects and an NSTP but my main focus here would be my journey to Math2. Haha. (FYI: Math and Science & Technology-related subjects are the most in-demand GE courses in UP Diliman.)


June 7, 2012


I woke up at 5:30am hoping to arrive in Math Building at 7am. My...plans..failed. God tested my patience early as I was on my way to UP. I encountered a heavy traffic along Katipunan area because...... it was the time wherein Ateneo and MC students go to school! How could I miss that? @___@ The jeepney was full and the heat was intense! Wraaahh! 30 minutes of my time was wasted. Honestly, I was worrying deep inside. I felt like the Hunger Games for Math was starting and there I was.. stuck in traffic. Then I started to pray. I talked to God and told Him how much I needed that subject. My feelings got better after I prayed and I was reminded of Matthew 6:25-27.


“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?"


I arrived at Math Building at 7:45am and the line was circling around the hall. I stayed calm and said to myself, "Lord, let's do this. Challenge accepted!" At around 8am, the game began! ....and I was disqualified.


Rules: Tri-Col students should be the first to enlist (Tri-Col: students from the College of Arts & Letters, College of Science and College of Social Sciences & Philosophy) Non-tri-col students could enlist only after lunch.
Self-check: I am from the College of Education..... </3


I guess the registration assistant had mercy that she instructed those non-tri-col students to form a line outside MB 127. If my eyes were only a camera, I would have recorded how fast we ran! Hahaha. I was 9th on the line. :>


Time check: 8am
Hours left before 1pm: 5 hours


As I was waiting for the enlistment, I had my music player with me playing Christian songs and I was reading Philip Yancey's Prayer. It was just nice to keep calm and trust in God. I was.. joyfully waiting. :) God knows my desires. God knows how much I need Math. God knows how desperate I was for an MST. God knows I wanted to graduate on time. My only job? Wait and pray. I prayed with all honesty- telling Him how impossible that might seem, that I am weak and that I am not in control of the situation. I prayed then I let go. Deep within my heart I trust God that even though I wouldn't get the subject, I know that HE IS IN CONTROL. My friend told me before that although our plans 'succeed', if it is not God's plan, we will never be satisfied. So there, I patiently wait for my turn to get Math. I prayed. I let go.


And here are the lessons that I learned as I was waiting for Math2. (aside from letting go and letting God take care of the situation)


1) Practice the art of praying

I was able to apply what I was reading. Haha. Talk to God as you are waiting. And as you pray, acknowledge God's power. It will make you realize how big your God is and how small your problem is. :)


2) Be content


Of course I wasn't contented with what I got in our online enlistment. HAHA! But what I am saying here was to be content with whatever subject you may get. (or other things, if not related to academics) Be content with whatever God gives you because.... it is the best. :) God will always give us the best although we might not see its worth at first. I was open to the possibility that I would not be able to get Math 2 although I waited for it. Haha. Last semester, I lined up for 6 hours in gym hoping to get a PE but nothing fit my schedule. Heehee.


3) Talk to your friends


Waiting alone is sooo difficult. Not talking for 5-6 hours? Wild. At around 10am, distractions were starting to enter my mind. What ifs and worst case scenarios were beginning to pop-up. I knew I had to fight those thoughts! Haha. And, and, praise God because I saw a former classmate in the line! It reminded me of 1 Corinthians 10:13


"No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it."


God indeed provided a way out! heehee. On a serious note, if you are waiting for something, do not box yourself alone. Tag your friends with you! Haha. Find a person whom you could open up and share your thoughts. (better if you tagged a friend that knows how it feels like to be in your own shoes.. and maybe, listen to your rants. HAHA)


4) Lastly.. WAIT ACTIVELY


Don't just sit there and wait in vain! Time is still ticking as you wait and this is a gasgas quotation: Time is gold. Waiting should not be a license for you to waste time. I prayed, read a book, listened to songs, thought about things, wrote some of my thoughts and talked to a friend as I was waiting. In application to 'real life', find things you could do as you are waiting for that something or someone so that you wouldn't get bored in your waiting journey. Heehee.


.... so what happened after I waited for 6 hours? (5 hours became 6 because the registration assistants and professors had to fix something)


God answered my prayer! :) That smile on my face when I finally got what I have been waiting for <3 Sobrang nakakatuwa lang :) I was kind of curious with my reaction what if I didn't get it. Haha. But I was so sure that I had peace within me all those time that I was waiting. :)


Although this is one of the hardest enrollments I ever had (so far), I got to feel God's presence working in and through me. There's joy in waiting! :)


I saw this funny photo in Facebook. Heehee. Credits to the one who made it!


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