That was one of my first lessons in setting goals, making plans, and attempting to conquer life’s large obstacles (eating the metaphorical elephant one bite at a time), although God had probably trained me in successively greater steps how to do these things through the various jobs I held. Had I known what I know now, I probably could have won that battle for entry to West Point, but things did not turn out the way I had envisioned. They turned out much better over time. I didn’t know it at those moments, but God had a plan for me (Jeremiah 29:11), and He was implementing that plan, even if I did not know He was at work and even if I did not “seek His face” (1 Chronicles 16:11) on a regular basis. In time, I would find out about those plans and would benefit immensely from His better, wiser ways than the ones I would have chosen.
There were a number of obstacles in my path to West Point (and other prestigious institutions to which I had applied). My grades were not that great, pulled down by personal problems that consumed my emotional energy. This, it turns out, was the sticking point of my entry to West Point. I did not know at the time about the United States Military Academy Preparatory Shool (USMAPS). Perhaps if I had known, I might have gained entry to West Point through that avenue, but it was not in God’s plan, so this door closed. But God lovingly and generously gave me victory in that area years later as I would eventually become a professor of English for a total of five years (in two tours) at this amazing, historical school. I would first have to enlist in the Army as a private and work my way up through the ranks to sergeant. Then, after completing a successful and respectable military enlistment of three years, I would leave the Army for a period and gain entry into the academic realm down a path which only God could have figured out.
More on this tomorrow.
I pray that His love and peace will fill you and that His truth will light your path.