by Jen Akin
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5&6
I received an unexpected phone call in the summer of 1992 from the Director of Housing at UW-Milwaukee. I would be transferring there as a junior that fall, and he had a question. “Your friend has requested to room with you, but you have not requested to room with her. What would you like to do?” To be perfectly honest, I had left the space for roommate request blank on purpose. I was fully undecided, for a myriad of reasons, as to whether it would be a good idea to room together and so had left it to someone else to decide. Clearly, that plan hadn’t worked. Caught off guard, I remember standing there debating, knowing that the question was being asked directly and I couldn’t escape the responsibility of deciding any more. I took a deep breath, decided to trust the Lord for the outcome, and said, yes, I would room with her.