Sabrina’s Story

When God Flipped my World

Sabrina Piper
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In October of 2015 the Campus Ministry Israel Study trip was announced, and God placed it on my heart to embark on this once in a lifetime journey. It was difficult listening to God on this decision because the trip cost was 4,000 dollars. And lets be real, being a broke a college student does not really enable me to have that amount of money in my bank account. However, through lots of prayer and endless late nights of sewing mittens to sell, I ended up in the Holy Land of Israel.

Getting to be in the place where creation began was one of the most incredible experiences that I have ever gotten the chance to be apart of. Seeing places such as the Elah Valley where the story of David and Goliath took place or the Sea of Galilee where Jesus walked on water will forever be engrained in my mind. The stories that I grew up reading began to take on a larger range of meaning once I got to see them first hand.

The first place that we visited when we got to Israel was in the city of Tel-Aviv called the Shafala. This site gave us the chance to view an overlook that displayed all the separate parts of Israel. While at this site Stacie gave a talk on listening to the call of God, and she asked, “Why did God call you to come to Israel?” This question hit home with me because I truly had no idea why I was on this trip. All I knew was that God had called me to come and here I was. No recollection of why, but I was hoping it would unfold throughout the two weeks that we were going to be there. However, days went by and I still did not know why I was there. Do not get me wrong yes, it was an awesome experience, and I was seeing God is so many amazing places. Nonetheless, the problem was nothing was sticking with me, and I was becoming frustrated. How was it that I was walking where Jesus walked yet could not comprehend why in the world I was on this trip.

It is crazy to look back and to see God’s plan for my life evolve. I ended up figuring out why I was called to go to Israel a short time after getting back home to the United States. My church was doing a message series called “Plan B”. Through this message series the topics revolved around how my plan B for my life could be Gods plan A. It opened my eyes to what God had been calling me to do for so long, but I had kept putting to the back burner. This idea was Seminary.

Okay let me just give you a few insights to what my college career looked like before entering into this school year. I was going into my senior year of college studying elementary education. Seminary was not in the game plan for my life. I was going to graduate from college, and start my life as a teacher. There was no need to get more of an education because I had already spent so many years paying/studying my way through this one. I bet through all of this God was just laughing. He knew all along what he intended for my life, and I was just too stubborn to open my eyes to see it.

After many other God moments I decided that I needed to let down my barriers, and trust in the plan that God had in store for my life. As of now I have changed my major to Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Family and Children Services. After I graduate in the spring I plan to attend seminary to obtain my masters in counseling degree. It is wild to look back over the last four months and see how God flip my world 180 degrees. I would have never thought that I would be embarking on the journey of seminary, but God knew all along. All along God knew that was why I had to go to Israel.

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