Last week, I completed my undergraduate degree. Because I graduated mid-year, I had planned on substitute teaching in a local district in hopes of acquiring a full time position for the next school year. Because of timing issues, I was not able to begin this process until January. If you know me at all, you know I am not a very patient person. I like things done efficiently and preferably in my timing. I have a hard time waiting on the Lord, even though I know His timing is perfect. Having to wait was not what I had planned to do, but it was my only option.
I, with Malone’s assistance, did all of the prep work necessary for obtaining a position. I was told to wait to hear from the district. As I sat in the car yesterday morning, I read a few passages from the devotional, “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. Both passages dealt with waiting and trusting God to fulfill his promises.
It was a struggle, but I finally got myself to a place of contentment. I did not know what God was going to do, but I relied on and trusted in the fact that He is faithful and good. He has carried me this far, and I knew He would continue to do so. It was up to me to wait and trust in His timing.
Four hours later, I received a phone call offering me a long-term substitute position. I was in shock. I had been told there was nothing that could be done until January. Somehow, someone somewhere approved my application. I was so thankful to have a job! I did not think it could get any better… but it did!
I had a meeting this morning to finalize all the details of the position. If you have followed my blog during my student teaching journey, you know how much I loved the students and school where I taught. It had always been a hope of mine to work there, but I knew it was very unlikely. Therefore, you can only imagine my delight when I found out I was being placed in that very same school to work with those very same students!
I was reminded of Ephesians 3:20, “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams” (MSG). I watched this verse unfold before my very eyes.
I am so thankful for God’s faithfulness. Moreover, I am thankful for graceful reminders of God’s goodness when I fall short.