Miracle Moments Of The Past Semester

Miracle Moments Of The Past Semester

Why do bad things happen to us? How do we respond when life takes a bad turn? I hope these four short stories can help you answer both questions.

Real Life Situations:

1. What do you when your 13-page research paper is deleted the day it is due?

2. What do you when your phone dies and your alarm fails to wake you up for a class where your absence results in a 10% knock-off from your test grade?

3. What do you do when you spill hot tea all over your laptop on finals week?

4. What do you do when you come home to find your relatively new phone soaking in a bowl of water?

These four scenarios all happened to my friends and I over the course of this past semester. As my semester comes to a close, I look back on these memories fondly. I know that’s a strange way to describe these pretty awful situations, but let me retell these stories so you can see why:

The Aftermath

Scenario One-

A research paper that I had poured hours into was due last Monday. It was worth 15% of my grade and the topic was difficult. As I was wrapping up my essay, my Word Program crashed. I was not worried – this has happened before, and Word always saves an Auto-Recovery document. However, when I opened the Auto-recovery file, I was horrified when I saw only remnants of my paper. There were only a few introductory paragraphs on the page – the last 15 hours worth of my writing were all gone.

I called several tech-savvy friends as well as the Office Word help line, and they all told me the same thing: For some odd reason, my Word Program had glitched and recovered the wrong Word file. Unfortunately for me, it had saved the first version of my document,and all my work from the final draft was forever gone .

To be honest, I shed a few tears, but the pain was short-lived. I realized there was no use crying over it – it was gone and crying wouldn’t bring my essay back. I prayed that God would give me peace, and the next day, I told my professor about what had happened. She was much more understanding than I had ever imagined. She graciously extended to me one more week to rewrite my essay, and as a result, I was able to write an even better research paper! Rewriting the essay taught me patience, gave me more time to do more thorough research of my topic, and overall helped me to feel really grateful for the second opportunity I was offered.

Scenario Two -

My friend woke up an hour late for class last week because her alarm did not go off. She began to panic as she realized 10% would be taken off her test grade. She had worked so hard to do well in this class, so she was completely dismayed by this case of bad luck .

When she rushed out of her apartment to her car to try to make it to class on time, she saw that her car was blocked in by a tow-truck that was towing the car in front of her! A police officer came up to my friend and asked her if he could help her with anything. When my friend explained that she was late to a class, the police officer offered to drive her to school .

When he dropped her off, he handed her an excuse note to give to her professor. The professor accepted the note and did not take 10% off my friend’s test grade! Another case of a bad situation being turned into a good one!

Scenario Three -

My friend was in her last class of the year when she accidentally spilled hot tea all over her MacBook. It immediately shut down, and all of her final papers were stored on it. The Apple Store said there would be no way of fixing it or retrieving her files. The laptop’s memory card had been completely water-damaged.

My friend was discouraged, but she had faith in God to bring about a miracle. A friend of hers helped her to retrieve all the files from her laptop, but could not fix the damage. She sent her laptop to a repair shop and even they could not repair it. However, the day the shop prepared to send her laptop back, they told my friend that her laptop miraculously turned on! They had not even tried to fix it, so they could not believe their eyes. The computer technician told her that, “this has never happened before.”

My friend got her laptop back in pristine condition, and just in time for the new semester to begin! Her faith exponentially grew after this incident, for she saw with her own eyes that God will always provide a way, even when the situation seems hopeless and impossible.

Scenario Four -

About a month ago, I came home to find my cell phone at the bottom of a bowl of water in my sink. Oddly enough, it had fallen off the ledge of my sink into the bowl by itself when I was out walking. I brought the phone to multiple phone technicians, and they all told me the water damage was too immense to fix be repaired.

Thankfully, I had an older backup phone that I had lent to my friend to use, and even though I felt bad for having to take it back from her, she was able to get a new phone for herself at a great price! Unfortunately, I had lost many of my contacts and files that were on my previous phone. Even though I was a bit upset over the fact that I had lost my relatively new phone, I had the peace that God would bring something good out of this situation.

Sure enough, my dad decided to see how much it would be to get me a new phone with a different cell phone carrier. He found a better deal that would cost him $150 less per month! They would also give me a new phone for free! So ultimately, God used the situation of my broken phone to save my family more money in the end! My faith in God grew as a result of seeing how God was faithful to me, yet again.

The Conclusion

These situations were all bad, really bad. We live in a fallen world, and a lot of times, things happen to us and we will not understand why. But instead of focusing on why bad things happen, choose to focus on how you respond to the situation. Being negative, angry, bad-tempered, and sulky about something won’t help to fix your problems – it will only make them worse. But if you choose to put your faith in God and trust that He has a way of bringing the best out of every dark situation, you will be a whole lot less stressed and a lot more happy. Your joy will not come from your circumstances, but it will come from knowing that no matter what happens, God loves you and is on your side.

People may think that the Christian perspective is way too idealistic, but I’m telling you these stories because I want you to see that it is not an idealistic perspective - it is a life-changing perspective.

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Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

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My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


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I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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