Thursday, 2 February 2017

Is God ready to help?

As I was doing my morning devotion, I came across these two quotations that really touched my heart. They reminded me that God is ready and willing to bless us, but we don't seek him for help, guidance or protection. We regard God as a "Last Minute God". We go to him when we have no other option, when He could have been our first point of call. 

The extracts below are from a devotional book - THE UPWARD LOOK by Ellen White;

He who is meek in spirit, he who is purest and most childlike, will be made strong for the battle. He who feels his weakness, and wrestles with God as did Jacob, and like this servant of old cries, “I will not let thee go, except thou bless me,” will go forth with the fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit. His influence will be a positive force in favor of the religion of Christ.... – {The Upward Look 46.5}

Our God is a very present help in time of need. He is acquainted with the most secret thoughts of our hearts, with all the intents and purposes of our souls. When we are in perplexity, even before we open to Him our distresses, He is making arrangements for our deliverance. – {The Upward Look 46.6}

May we be encouraged to seek the Lord's help. Even a simple "God please fix it" will do wonders. 




Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Surviving Law School

Background:
When it comes to Law you can either do the straight 4 year LLB (Bachelor of Laws), or the 5 year route, where you do a first degree majoring in Law and something else for example Law and Politics or Law and Journalism, etc and then in your third year you apply to get into the 2 year LLB. You can also opt to do the 3 year LLB - for this you have to do a pre-law degree with no law courses - this can be in Pharmacy, Science, Humanities, Commerce, etc, then apply to do the LLB as a postgraduate degree.

Personal Experience:
I did my pre-law degree at the University of Cape Town and then went on to do my 3 year LLB at Rhodes University. Below I will briefly share my experiences for my first two years at Rhodes University.

Year One LLB:
When I started off the year, I didn't know what to expect. I was used to getting by without putting much effort. This worked well for the first few weeks until I wrote my Contract Law A test to which i got 16%. (Yes, that was a serious wake up call). From that day on, I started putting in extra work, I spent my days in the library, I pulled all nighters, I cried, I whined but I knew I had to work extra hard.

During the year, I passed some tests and failed some. It was a really painful year but giving up was never an option. I never looked back, I was prepared to give it my all.

At the end of the year, I did really well and was placed on the the DEAN's LIST for ACADEMIC MERIT. Something I never thought would happen at the time that I received my Contract Law A test script with a 16% fail.

Year Two LLB:
Because I had done really well in my first year, I thought - nah Law School is my thing, it's really not as bad as people say it is - naive much! In addition to my own school work, I was tutoring approximately 30 first year students, I was in the House Committee for my Residence and I was also the Vice Treasurer for our Student Church on Campus. I managed to overlook all these responsibilities so you can imagine the tears that were shed when I got another humbling wake up call.

I did what had to be done, with more tears, more sweat and less whining. And again at the end of the year, I was placed on the DEAN's LIST for ACADEMIC MERIT.

Moral of the Story:
After all I went through and what I achieved, I can never dream of taking any credit. I remember the nights when I would struggle to understand some concepts, and only after praying would everything make sense. Some days I would randomly wake up in the middle of the night and go through that one topic that I would have left out, only to find that exact topic in the test or exam the following morning. 

On other days, I wrote tests or exams that I knew I should have failed but I landed on a 50%. Sometimes I even fail to explain how, why, when, what, BUT my God fought for me, he remained faithful even when i doubted him. And he can definitely do the same for you - TRY HIM!