Right off the bat, I will tell you that I am a poor hand at giving romantic advice. Being the shy young bloke that I was, I never had a date the entire time I was in high school. If a girl so much as spoke to me, I would sweat profusely, my voice would crack, and anything I said would almost certainly come out all wrong! Ugh!
When I was about your age, I had a girl stand me up twice—and she was the one who asked me out! (No kidding, the story is so funny in a befuddled sort of way, I was able to sell my recollections to a publisher and received a small royalty check for the efforts—a modest consolation for a broken heart!)
On the night I had planned to propose to my first “serious” girlfriend, she gave me the old heave-ho! That’s right. I was thinking marriage and she was thinking, “I am going to set this blighted young man on the curb and let the trash collectors haul him off!” Thankfully, I had not got around to buying a ring.
Do you really want advice from me? Of course, you do!
The word providence refers to the unseen hand of God busily but stealthily at work in our lives. And it is true that God sets into motion events and circumstances that will each play a role in accomplishing His will. Could He have arranged for this young lady to enroll in your school so that the two of you would fall in love, get married, bring a dozen rosy-cheeked children in the world, and live to see an auditorium of adoring grandkids crawling about at your feet? Maybe. Maybe not. He may have directed her to this particular university because of a first-rate law school or nursing program.
Do not read more into circumstances than are warranted.
Here is what I suggest: Pray, pray, and pray some more. Ask God to reveal His will in your life. Talk to this young lady. Does she feel the same toward you? If so, do not rush into a relationship. Did you know the divorce rate among those identifying themselves as Christian is nearly equal to the divorce rate among non-believers? That’s not good! Do not become just another statistic.
Jeremiah 29:11 says that God has plans for each of our lives. Do not allow your plans to interfere with His plans. I have stood in the way of God’s will have the ugly scars to prove it!
Once again, pray for wisdom and understanding. Talk to the girl. If she is the one, so be it. If she is not the one, a broken heart now is better than a really big broken heart later. Do not be “cupid stupid.”
By the by, if you and this young lady are eventually married and live happily ever after, you might consider naming the firstborn after me. That’s M-i-c-h-a-e-l. Got that?