Rachael Gilbert

I had just dropped my girls off at Gateway Church for an all-day, kid’s KAIROS event. We don’t live in Southlake, so I started driving, not sure how I was going to use my kid-free time. But as I drove past The King’s University, I immediately felt God tell me to make a U-turn and pull into the parking lot. I turned my car around and parked. God then prompted me to walk inside the campus. I argued at first thinking surely no one would be there on that random summer day. But I decided to humor Him, and I walked up to the doors, expecting to find them locked. Much to my surprise, they were open, and I immediately was greeted by a girl who I knew years ago. We started chatting and before I knew it, I was on a tour of TKU. She told me it was the last day to apply and register for the fall semester. I said I would pray about it all while thinking, yeah right, this won’t happen.

That evening I told my husband about my TKU visit. Without hesitation, he said, “I think you should apply.” That almost knocked me out of my chair because my husband—the business mind of our house—usually needs quite a bit of convincing before he says “yes” to anything new. I told God I would apply but that he would need to make it very clear to me that I was supposed to attend that semester. God answered that prayer by not only expediting my application process, but I also received a scholarship that would cover my first semester.

It seemed as though that U-turn into the parking lot ended up being a U-turn in the direction God was taking me in life.

I haven’t looked back since that day and as I get further along in my course work God has started opening doors for me to use my degree through my podcast, Real Talk with Rachael, which I launched just one semester after being at TKU. I am also writing my first book which was birthed out of the things I am learning in my studies.

If you are reading this article, it might be God asking you to make a U-turn. Trust those gentle promptings from the Holy Spirit. It will be the ride of your life.

Lean on Proverbs 16:9 along the way, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” If the Lord brought you to it, He will bring you through it.