It rains a lot in Oregon. That’s just something we deal with here at George Fox University. When it rains, the ground tends to get a little soggy and muddy. Some days, though, the sun comes out and dries everything up, and the grassy areas become firm instead of squishy.
I like to take a shortcut across the grass when I walk to work, but if it’s just rained, I can’t always tell how the ground is going to feel. It cuts a solid minute off my walk, and sometimes I risk it when I’m running just a tad late, but I hate it when I’m part way through the grass, and then it gets soggy. There’s no way of knowing whether or not the grass in the middle of the field is going to be soft or firm without taking that risk and walking out into it.
This may sound a little cheesy, but that’s exactly how I felt choosing a college. I really couldn’t tell what I was getting myself into until I was halfway into it. No matter how many times you visit a school, or look at its website, or talk to current students, you just can’t know for sure how it will be for you. And that’s where that element of trust comes in.
When I first visited George Fox, I knew it felt right, and I thought it was where the Lord wanted me, but that feeling wasn’t tangible until I was actually here. I took those steps to come to George Fox without really knowing what the middle of the field looked like. But you know what? From where I’m standing now, right in the center of it, I can tell you that for me, this is a pretty solid grassy field.
Are you willing to have some faith and step out of your comfort zone to find the right school for you?