In January 1976 I drove to school in Lynchburg, Virginia. I saved $150.00 for school, and I had a full tank of gas. I thought I was ready for school; anything else that I would need would be by faith. I would need to drive 320 miles. When I got to Lynchburg, I had used ¾ tank of gas. It was late, maybe 7:00 pm. I was not sure what to do, so I called the school, and they suggested I go to a motel for the night.
Now, I was beginning to worry. I had $150 to my name and did not know what I needed to get into school. I only had ¼ tank of gas left. I went to the motel that cost $10.00 a night. I never paid $25.00 a month. I laid in bed that night, praying and complaining. “Lord,” I prayed, “I only have $150, and now I have less money, and I don’t know what I am going to do. If I stay in the motel very many nights, I will be broke.” Worried and not sure what I would do, I pray again, Help me, Lord.
The next morning, I was lying in bed praying, and then it seemed like the Lord spoke to me. I drove 320 miles and still had ¼ tank of gas. I thought to myself, You big dummy. God did not call you to go to school to die. He will take of you.
Trust Me, I will take care of you.
So I said, Okay, I will try.
The next day, I drove to the school to enroll. They said I could stay at the school dorms downtown for $1.00 a night for two nights. God was already working on my behalf. I ate at the dorm, and I talked to the other students about where I could find a place to live.
God led me to the right student, because he said I could rent a room dirt cheap. I said dirt cheap to me was $25 a month. I went to check it out, and the student was right. Tom was the man I went to see.
Tom was a bachelor living in a house by himself with about 6 bedrooms. I talked to him about a room. He asked how much I could pay. I said, I don’t know. You tell me how much, and I will tell you if I can pay. He said, “Will $25 a month be too much?” I said, “No, I will take it.”
In two days, God provided me with everything I needed to get started in school.
-Warren M Rice
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