"At this moment, he stood still while his remaining classmates walked on. A young lady, touched his shoulder and said, “You okay Carlos?”
2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”(ESV)
“Your test is this: Leave this campus, find 3 people in need, and help them out individually. Upon completion, take a selfie with the person and have them sign one of the numbered lines below. After the completion of each act of benevolence, you are to write a 250 word paper describing the experience. You have 2 weeks to complete this task. Good luck.”
"In a weird and intriguing act of synchronization, all 12 students unknowingly began flipping their card to seek the answer."
Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”(ESV)
The test was always about who was honest enough to admit that they didn’t know.”
In an extended and viciously awkward space of silence, the professor then said, “Everyone please open your red envelope.”
"The students began to look at one another amidst an array of emotions. Some of them were relieved, some upset, some confused, and some were angry."
Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”(ESV)
Granted, as college students, he didn’t know them very well. However, he did know enough to successfully conclude the following:
"As he waited, he noticed the rest of the students as they exited the class. Some walked away without a care in the world. Some even in groups, laughing at the thought that they failed the class."
Deuteronomy 20:1, “When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you.”(NASB)
Carlos nervously took the enveloped, peered the class, & whispered, “What does this mean?” The professor said, “Unless you know the answer, and it appears you don’t. Then that envelope is your last and only option.” The professor then looked up at Carlos and mouthed, “Trust me.”
"He thought he was doomed. He became, sad, angry, confused, and angry again."
1 John 5:4, “Because everyone born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith.”(BSB)
Carlos slowly flipped over his paper and began reading the question. However, to his shock, the sole question of the test was covering material that he had no recollection of. Looking at the question, he could only conclude that this curriculum must have been taught on the sole day he missed.
"With all books placed away, the teacher then says, “Students, today’s pop quiz will count for 75% of your total grade. The quiz unfortunately consists of one question only."
1 Corinthians 15:57, “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”(KJV)
Carlos walked calmly into his morning class. He placed his backpack down and flopped unenthusiastically into his seat. He retrieved his textbook and notepad, and made ready for the day. Admittedly, he didn’t LOVE class; however, he understood that missing a class could be detrimental to his mission, and that wasn't an option.