Mary Stories
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"Phoebe, where do you want to do your mandatory Youth Service?" Asked one of the roommates as they chatted and were preparing to retire to bed one evening on the Campus. "Anywhere" replied Phoebe. "What do you mean 'anywhere'? What if you're posted to one of those volatile places, will you go?" Phoebe calmly replied that she would go wherever God directed her. The roommate climbed her bed in disgust, hissing: "God forbid!";

When the posting was eventually released, Phoebe was sent to one of those areas considered volatile. A concerned relation phoned and asked her to come to the capital city so she could lobby a change of posting for her; but Phoebe didn't even give it a thought. She proceeded to the official location right away. And at the end of the orientation exercise, she was deployed to a very remote part of the area for her primary assignment. She promptly reported at the place. But to her surprise, she was not accepted there. That was the beginning of her hopping from one place to another, looking for where to serve in that locality.

For well over six weeks, when other corps members had settled down and had started earning their monthly stipends, Phoebe was still busy combing the community seeking where her service would be accepted. Amidst all this, she would wonder once in a while, about how some of her school mates who didn't even pretend to love God, let alone serve him on the Campus, were able to settle down quickly. Knowing somehow that her resolve to trust God in all things and allow him choose for her was being tested severely. She determined to wait on the Lord, believing firmly that after the test, there would be the truimph and afterwards, the testimony. She was very sure that whosoever puts his or trust in God would never be put to shame.

And truly, at the very first place she went to when she returned to that community after a weekend at home, she was given the much awaited acceptance letter. In addition, she was offered an allowance in lieu of transport and accommodation, which was five times more than her regular allowance. Within a short time, she was able to recover the lost period many times over- both for her short term and long term benefits. Her unwaivering Trust in her God had paid off atlas!

But this did not just happen. Phoebe was not born seeking the Lord or having trust in him; no one was.

In her final year in high school, she was confronted with a situation in which many of her class mates did not register for their certificate Examination in their school for fear of mass Failure. They went to register in some far away and remote schools were malpractices went on unchecked. But because Phoebe had learnt to study very hard and depend on God for success, she remained in that school and wrote all her final exams. And much to her joy, she cleared all her papers in distinction and credits; while others who went to the so-called "miracle schools" had their papers either cancelled or withheld. Phoebe secured admission to the university the following session and remained consistent in that unwaivering faith in her God.
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