Acts of God

I was working on a form for my study abroad application, and I came across a release agreement. Because I’m a details type of person, and especially in light of this past year, I decided to read through and see exactly what it was I was signing up for, and I found a line that caught my eye, and almost made me chuckle:

“George Mason University…will not be responsible for any delay or failure in performance resulting from any cause beyond their control, including without limitation: war, strikes or labor disputes, civil disturbances, fires, natural disasters, and Acts of God.”

Acts of God. I’m not really sure what they’re saying would or wouldn’t be an Act of God, but I remember my determination to get to Japan, even after the earthquake hit. I thought that it would take an Act of God to keep me here. Now, after seeing how far my determination got me, I go forward with humility, realizing that I’m gonna need an Act of God to get me there.


About Stephen Gabriel Falke

Stephen Gabriel Falke is passionate about loving Jesus and loving Japanese! He grew up in Virginia, America, and first visited Japan in 2007. He then studied abroad at Sophia University in Tokyo for a year in 2012. He also participated in the JET Program as an ALT from 2015-2017. He currently works as an English teacher at Hirosaki Gakuin Seiai Secondary School in Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan.
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3 Responses to Acts of God

  1. Nikki says:

    I really love your attitude on life and your circumstances, Stephen. I think God is really going get you there and when you do arrive in Japan it will be a wonderful learning experience!! I’m rooting for you!!!

  2. Aaron says:

    It said the same thing when I signed my apartment lease – goes to show that God still strikes fear into the hearts of others.

    But, in all seriousness, hears to things working out! I’m praying for you.

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