In my sophomore year of college about a year into my journey of walking with Christ I was hungry for more and ready to learn. I had a couple of roommates who were great Christian guys, but they didn’t really challenge or encourage me in my faith. Our lease was coming to an end and both of my roommates were moving back to their home towns, so I was in the market for a new one. I had recently joined a Christian Fraternity called BYX and at the end of our weekly meetings we always had a time of worship. During that worship time, I went to the back of the room and begged God to provide me a new roommate, but not just any roommate. I prayed for a roommate that was leaps and bounds ahead of me spiritually. One that could disciple me and teach me how to walk closer with Christ. One that could really challenge me. Then the craziest thing happened. As soon as worship was over a guy walked over to me and asked if I was looking for a roommate for next semester. I told him I was, but that I didn’t want just any roommate. That I wanted someone who would really challenge me to grow. I think I even said not like you, but someone really sold out. He told me he knew what I meant, and that he had just the guy. He told me this guy is so sold out that he TIVOs the preaching channel. He said his name is Patrick Smith and he is actually at the house across the street right now. So we walked next door and sure enough we walked in and there he sat watching a preacher on TV. I couldn’t believe it. I had just prayed for this and just like that I am being introduced to someone who would be perfect. We hit it off right away and he moved in not long after that. And he was just the kind of roommate I was looking for. For example not long after he moved in I was walking up to our apartment and he was carrying his bed out to the dumpster. I asked him what he was doing and he said he was throwing out his bed to turn his room into a prayer room. Talk about a challenge. He took prayer to a whole new level. Patrick really took me under his wing and taught me scripture, how to have a deeper prayer life, and really encouraged me at every chance he got. We became such close friends that he was one of the groomsmen in my wedding. I know this may sound like a small thing, but I asked God specifically for a roommate like this and within minutes I was standing in front of Patrick Smith.
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