University life was a happy one. Girls and boys getting involved falling in love nd getting married. We observed many couples getting married in this way. There were no hurdles of caste, religion, or rich or poor. Those were genuine, trustworthy days. In my class one girl by name RR loved the research scholar and married. We friends Mangavalli, Pamela, Nirupama, Andal went to their house and congratulated her and gave wedding gifts, because theirs was a Registered marriage. In the evenings we saw many love birds in the Library, canteen and on beeches. A friend of ours got entangled with one of our classmates. She wept and told us that the boy was pressuring her to marry him. I tried to counsel her not to be involved in such relations in my college days. I prayed with her, and advised her to be away from that boy and concentrate on studies as her parents had much hope for her. I told her, as the boy is also unsettled in life, it’s better to be away from such affairs..
He in return made a big hue and cry, as he was the key leader of the Student union. The whole set of boys developed a grudge against me, one day I got down from city bus No.10 from university at Jagadamba center, suddenly a group of 8 or 10 boys emerged from nowhere, and started to follow me shouting at me, “You girl, how dare you separate lovers? Is this your Bible teaching you? Is this your Jesus telling you to separate lovers?” They were shouting on top of their voices, running after me. I was so afraid I almost ran down the road to my home.
My home is in police grounds, a British constructed bungalow. I turned towards the small street to enter the campus. I almost ran to my room and closed the doors. I didn’t see them following me further. But my heart was beating louder and louder. I was sweating and knelt down on my bed. I cried aloud to the Lord asking Him to rescue me. After a while I was cool and calm and steady. The Lord led me to open the Bible. It opened at 2 Timothy 2: 1
“You then, my son, BE STRONG in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Endure hardship with us like a good SOLDIER of Christ . Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the SALVATION that is in Christ Jesus.”
2 Timothy 2: 1, 3, 10
Great Peace encompassed me. Unknown joy filled my heart. God also told me “Make your face like a Flint”
*”Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame”*. Isaiah 59 :7
Next day I went to college as usual. Every morning I used to pray, read Our Daily Bread, and note down the verse that God gave on a slip and keep it in my college textbook visibly to glance at it to memorize whenever I have time.
That day I got the verse like this.
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed.” Says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
Isaiah 54 :10
” For you will have a covenant with the stones of the field, and *the wild animals will be at peace with you”*
The first hour of class was over. The professor for the next class hasn’t come yet. I was looking into the verse and praying in my heart.
Then half a dozen boys came to the door of my class room and one of them fiercely called me
” Leela vathi, please come out at once”.
The verse of that day gave me courage. My face was shining as a Flint. I went out , and the boys who were waiting for me outside called me. They were very hefty, tall and furious to look at.
But the Lord gave me courage and peace in my heart. Immediately he shouted at me , asking me ‘why I became an obstacle to love affairs of so and so; and why I am taking the girl to church’ ‘ The answer I gave was simple, not premeditated or prepared beforehand. All that was in my mind was the PROMISE of God. Especially the beast of the wilderness be at peace with me.
The previous day incident was enough to taste the furious attitude of the boys. So my answer to him was simple.
I said, “Brother, it’s up to her to go to church or not. Who am I to tell her ?”
Thus I spoke softly but yet firmly. I knew the Spirit of the LORD was upon me. I did not prepare what to say to them when the leader of the student union commanded me to come out of the class. But I knew that the Lord bestowed His Spirit upon me. And I need not be afraid of what to speak or how to approach the wild beasts like people.
Don’t know what happened to the batch who came to threaten me. Almost 50 boys were waiting for these half a dozen boys who approached me for the answer from me.
I did not know the severity of the situation then.
Only thing I knew was God ‘s presence was with me. And stopped those boys to create any problem for me.
Later God showed me a spider. I was sitting alone. My sight catches a spider in a corner of the room. Suddenly a fly fell into the trap of the web. It was trying to get rid of the web to come out but in vain. After a second the spider came along, waited in the corner of the web for another second, and slowly approached the fly and quickly injected it’s venom into the body of the fly in a second and retreated back. And again within a second it approached the fly again and injected it’s venom into it once again and retreated back. The spider repeated the process again and again. Injecting and retreating back. Till the fly became unconscious. And the spider slowly approached the fly and squeezed it’s blood till it died and didn’t move or cannot resist, or try to get away from the WEB OF THE SPIDER.
“They …Spin a spider’s web..
Their cobwebs are useless. Their deeds are evil deeds, acts of violence are in their hands.”
God protected me and my friends from spider cobwebs in the university during our studies.
God’s presence was with us. Fear of God showered on our classmates. They even were afraid to light the cigars in front of us or tell vulgar jokes. There was a great presence of God in and around us.
For semester exams some of my classmates got question papers in their hands. How they managed it I don’t know. Some of them came to me with that leaked question paper to prepare for the exam.
I refused even to glance at the paper, I told them to leave me alone and went far away from them to study, lest I may overhear their voices. They got first class in MA , some of them passed in flying colours with gold medals.
Though I got high second class, I was employed first in my batch.
God made me head not a tail.