|Rebecca after her first day of school|
You might remember that there were some tense days for us regarding school this spring. In April it was time to turn in high school applications. We prayed about it, listened for the Lord's leading and Rebecca felt led to Gimnazia Poljane and specifically to the Classical Program which has a strong emphasis on languages including Latin. Josh and I both agreed with her and so she put in her application.
During that waiting period we really felt the truth that faith is a muscle; the more you use it the more it grows! We started to hear rumors about the point system and how high it was at Poljane. Then we heard that all the kids who applied to Blake's school made it because they had extra space. We began to doubt if she should have applied there. Even some kids from school started giving her a hard time and telling her that Poljane wasn't for her and she'd never make it in.
One day she came home and told us about how she had told classmates that she felt like this was where God was leading her. But she was beginning to get nervous. What if she didn't make it in and He looked bad or she looked like a lunatic? We remembered the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and how they had said, "We do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up." Dan. 3:17-18
Rebecca joined them in saying, I know you've led me here God. You do what you think is best. I'm not holding you to a place where you have to do this for me. I still trust You.
|Rebecca and Josh at the Croatian coast|
While we were still waiting to hear if Rebecca had been accepted she told this story and told the people at our church retreat that she wanted to mark this waiting period with an act of obedience. So in May Josh baptised her in the Adriatic Sea and we waited on the Lord.
The next week she met with a woman to test her to see if she should receive an exception for school entrance because it appeared she wouldn't have quite enough points for acceptance. Rebecca said it was such a delightful experience. This woman said she could see that despite the challenge of language that Rebecca seemed just the sort of person who would do well in high school. And with a little bit of help from tutors she expected she would do quite well. On that day Rebecca received an exception and Poljane has accepted her.
She started on Monday and is loving every minute of it already! She still has to study hard and prove that she's earned this exception but our girl is growing into a young woman who is trusting the Lord with all the unknowns and believing He can rescue her at any moment and in the way that He thinks best.