I studied my undergrad at a university in Southern California, and I always wanted to attend the full-time training after I graduate in the spring of 2016.
However, when I told my parents that I wanted to go to the training, their response was absolutely a NO. After a week of debating and persuading, I told my parents that I will not be going to the training this term.
After this conversation, I was complaining to the Lord on my bed. I thought the Lord would do some miracles to bring me to the training, yet I was disappointed. I thought the Lord gave up on me.
But a saint texted me a quote from bro. Watchman Nee:
If God leads you to walk a way that you know, it will not benefit you as much as if He would lead you to take the way that you do not know. This forces you to have hundreds and thousands of conversations with Him, resulting in a journey that is an everlasting memorial between you and Him.
This quote cheered me up, and I started to read the Bible according to my reading schedule. I kept reading until I read Psa. 23,
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of Jehovah for the length of my days.
This verse gave me hope, and I read this chapter over and over again until I fell into sleep..
One day, the Lord touched me to study a master program in Germany, and I always had this burden for the Lord’s move in Germany. So I brought this idea to my serving one. He did not answer me directly, but asked me to read a booklet with him on knowing God’s ways.
I was touched that we need to know the Godhead and His arrangement for His economy. Sometimes we pray according to our old man and ask for something not according to His heart’s desire. But we need to know His way: we need to pray, but before we pray, we need to submit to His Godhead and worship His way. So I worshipped the Lord, prayed, and then I applied for three schools in Germany.
But the Lord touched me that I need to be trained for His move. He needs someone who is qualified, not someone who causes troubles. I realized I need to go to the training for at least one term before I study in Germany. Thus I started praying with my companions and serving one, and I made this prayer request known to the church.
Prayers really work. I told my parents I want to attend the training for one term before I study in Germany this October. Even though they told me to not put a hundred percent of my future in the church, but they still agreed my approach. Praise the Lord! Later I found out there were at least two groups of saints praying for this during my conversation with my parents. The Body of Christ supplies us!
For the entire term I was anxious about my future, but the Lord surely knows me. After much prayer for His will and clear leading, the Lord shut the door to Germany and told me to stay. When I had a fellowship with my team trainer concerning how I should present this to my parents, I told him that my plan, which is to get an interview from a big company that a brother works at and differ it to finish the training.
This would be very pleasant to my parents. But my team trainer just told me that I need to forget my plan A, plan B, and all other plans, just pray to the Lord, and pray with your housemates and teammates. When I have enough prayer, just present this matter to my parents in boldness, and in Christ.
One night I took two trainees home to have dinner with my parents; the trainees just started telling my parents why the training is so different from all other Bible schools, why it is necessary to attend four terms, and why it is better to finish four terms all at once.
During this conversation, I had a strong leading that I need to tell my parents that I need to stay for four terms that night, even though I did not think I had enough prayers yet. After the dinner, I told my parents individually, and they both were not against me continuing the training. Praise the Lord. He is faithful.
Sharing by bro. David Y (California, USA), from his experience with the Lord in joining and continuing the full-time training.