Six years ago, pretty much at this exact time, I said a prayer that changed my life.
I was a freshman in college. Let's be blunt -- the start of my second semester wasn't just bad, it was awful. A friend of mine (admittedly a somewhat loose term, we more went in the same circle) died extremely unexpectedly of natural causes. I saw her in the hospital about 2 hours before she died... the sight still haunts me to this day. Then I went through formal recruitment and got cut by all chapters... so to summarize, we have a traumatized, rejected teenager. I was also starting to realize that my friendships at CNU weren't as solid as I had thought. Not a good combination.
I knew that a new sorority was coming to campus, but after my less-than-stellar experience with formal recruitment, I wasn't sure I wanted to go through another recruitment process. My mom encouraged me to go, saying that she didn't want me to be bitter about all of it later. So I did. I went through Zeta's recruitment process, and February 22, 2005 was the last open day of recruitment. At the end of the philanthropy party, we were told by one of the TLC's that we'd get an email the next morning if we were invited back to Preference the next day.
So as I walked out of the Student Center (which no longer exists), I just looked up and offered up one of the most blunt and open prayers I'd ever said.
"Show me where you want me to be. Because I don't know. If you want me to be here, show me."
I woke up the next morning and had an email inviting me to Preference.
That night I got my bid.
Seven weeks later I met the cute boy who worked at Regatta's, who I'd been eyeing all semester.
Two months from the day I said my prayer, I was initiated into the Kappa Phi Colony of Zeta Tau Alpha.
Two weeks after my initiation, I started dating the cute boy from Regatta's, who went on to become my husband.
All this spanned less than 3 months. Matthew 7:7 - "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."
To summarize... it's been six years since the first day of the rest of my life. <3