There’s something about this time of year-school is ending and new seasons of life begin. Last year at this time I was
frantically searching for a job. I had just returned from a trip to Hawaii and was a substitute teaching 3-4 days a week. I was banking on a job where I had student taught subbed. All the teachers I talked to wanted me to work there. I thought it was a done deal.
Then I found out the job was offered to someone else.
Fortunately, God knew this was going to happen and I applied for a job in the district where I work shortly after my return from Hawaii. I had an interview within a week or two of turning in my application, and was offered the job the following morning. I asked if I could please take some time to think it over (I did NOT want to work an hour away from where I lived).
That following weekend was the Eau Claire half-marathon. It was during the half-marathon that I made the decision to accept the position in Arcadia. I will forever be thankful that I chose to accept that job.
Back in March I toured some apartments in Eau Claire. I knew I wanted to live there. I had friends that lived in the same complex. They were nice. They had a good price. I was approved and needed to wait until April to find out what would be available.
No problem. I called the company the first week of April. No response. I wasn’t worried though, they said I would FOR SURE have an apartment. I called the second week in April. No response. Still not worried though, I was going to live there. The Monday pf the third week in April I got a call-they rented out all their apartments.
Are you kidding me?!
There were a lot of thoughts running through my mind-but when it came down to it, the company didn’t care. They rented out all their apartments. It doesn’t matter that I didn’t have a back up plan.
I began frantically searching for a place to live. I toured a few apartments, and applied for a few of them. I found one place I LOVED. It was beautiful and big and awesome. I found one that would work, but it wasn’t my favorite. I also found a few that would work in a pinch, but it was a hard pinch.
I called a couple times after my application for the place I loved was turned in just to see what my chances would be. Then I found out that the person who signs off on applications would be gone for a week. Not a problem, except that I needed a place to live.
The landlord for the place I liked but it wasn’t quite perfect called me and told me I got that place. Great! Not the one I really wanted but God was providing. I scheduled a signing for a time after I would hopefully hear about the place I loved.
That day came. I called about my favorite place. Still processing my application.
God was providing. It wasn’t awesome, but it was a place to live.
On faith (and the counsel of a few wise friends) I postponed the signing on the place I didn’t love but liked to the following Monday. If I didn’t hear about the place I loved by Monday night I was going to sign. God had provided.
The day before the impending signing was the Color Run.
The race was a blast this year and so fun to do with my sisters and brother.
After the race we all went out for breakfast at a local brunch place (a tradition for us). At breakfast I got a phone call-which was strange. Who would call me on a Sunday morning?
It was the rental agency for the place I loved.
They rented out the apartment I saw.
But, they had another one in the same complex open if I wanted it! YES!! I signed the lease the following day.
Sometimes it looks like we have no options and that we have to figure everything out for ourselves.
Matthew 6:33 says
“but seek for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Was I seeking God and His kingdom in these season of life, or was I trying to figure everything out for myself?
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
I was carrying a burden (finding a job or housing) that I didn’t need to bear. If I would put all my trust in the Lord, He will provide.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8
Was I asking, seeking and knocking? It’s not enough just to ask and hope for the best, or seek without first asking. Was I knocking and following up with what I had sought? The Lord wants to bless you-it gives Him glory. He is our Lord who is to be glorified, so why wouldn’t He want to provide?
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
God desires to provide for you. He desires to wow you with His provision. Life is better when you let Him take your burden.
Will you trust Him in this season of life? Will you let Him lead you and provide for you?
Trust me, he will do a much better job than you ever could.