Today I was talking to a friend and she was telling me that she has been challenged to focus the Lord’s provision, to truly recognize and consider all that the Lord provides for us. So this got me thinking about my life and the unfolding of events that have taken place in the past week.
Graduating from college is unlike any other time. My whole life I have known or at least had an idea of what was coming next, whether that was elementary school, middle school, or high school. There was always a next step. Then you graduate college and suddenly there is a whole world full of possibilities. For months I had been praying for the Lord to open up job opportunities and for His will to be done in my life, and for months I felt stuck. I knew I wanted to be in Johnson City and be a labor and delivery nurse. That is all I knew for sure, yet nothing was falling into place. But why? Surely if I wanted to stay in JC then I would find the job I wanted, right? A good while back I remember specifically surrendering my life to the Lord, in the fact of, wherever He wants me to go, I’ll go. Whether that looks like missions in another country or right here where I am. But doesn’t that look like stepping outside my comfort zone and the plans I thought I had for my life and TRUSTING in the Lord’s sovereign will for my life?
This week my life has changed in some of the best and worst ways possible. Over the past couple weeks a seed has been planted in my heart about possibly applying to jobs in Knoxville. I have literally felt the Lord preparing my heart to leave Johnson City. So Tuesday I decided to go job searching online. That night I applied to a L&D nursing position. Wednesday morning I got a call for an interview, and Thursday I went for a job interview and got offered the job. WOW!!!! I am still processing that I am moving to Knoxville, and going to be starting my DREAM JOB!! Big big praise. But a couple weeks ago I would not have been ready to move. What a sweet sight to see the Lord’s hand in your own life working it all together in HIS perfect timing.
On the same day I got the news of my job, my family also got some of the worst news we could have dreamed of. However, through this hard season I have also seen the Lord provide. I actually will not start my job until the beginning of August so I have sweet, precious time that I will get to spend with my family. Time I would not have gotten if I would have had to start my job sooner. Time that I would have never gotten back. I have also seen my family come together to love each other and be here for each other. It truly has been a beautiful thing to watch. Forever grateful for the family I have been given and the love we have for each other.
I say this to say that the Lord’s provision prevails in the best and worst times in our lives. Even as I am going through both at the same time, it is so evident He provides for us. He loves us perfectly. It has been a sweet reality for me and I have come to fall in love with Who God is all over again. So I want to challenge you to 1. hug your loved ones real tight for me and 2. try to see God’s provision in your life and fall in love with Him all over again.
Please keep my family in your prayers.
“Let us with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16