The past year of my life I have spent falling in love with a relentless God. Not relentless with anger and wrath but relentless with love, grace, and forgiveness. I found myself again when I was so lost in a materialistic and selfish world. I found myself hand in hand with Jesus.
Facing a job in ministry was nothing that was planned, it was never a desire, it was proof that God’s plan may different than mine. With trust and love I took the leap of faith towards one of the best opportunities of my life, but in the beginning I didn’t even know it yet. I underestimated what work would be done.
Children lifting their hands to praise a God who loves them unconditionally, a team of amazing people with amazing hearts volunteering for a common good, the Bible through a child’s eye. Seeing prayers answered, building relationships, improving upon what I inherited, gaining wisdom and knowledge.
I couldn’t be more thankful for what has been the center of my world the past year. I was pleasantly surprised at how much came out of it when I reflect back on what God has done. My smile gets no bigger than when a child hugs me on a Sunday morning and calls me by name, when volunteers make me laugh with the bonds we have built, and when I leave with dirty hands.
We pour and pour out ourselves for the work of an amazing God who is doing amazing things. As I turned out the lights on a portion of my story today this scripture came to mind…”God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to Him for protection. For who is God except the Lord? Who but our God is a solid rock? God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect. He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights…Your right hand supports me; your help has made me great. You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping.” Psalm 18:30-33, 35b-36.
The story that God and I are writing is an amazing, incredible, and adventurous one. He wants to write a story with you too, He wants to make it your own and use it for His good.
After putting my faith in the hands of the Creator, instead of my own inadequate palms that clench too tightly, He worked and He worked hard to show me a life that was unexpected and beautiful. Not just in careers or work, but in a relationship with Him. It was proven to me that in whatever we do, if we are doing it for good, God will make it good. He will make it beautiful. He will show us the unexpected. He will show us a life worth living and how He can use you in miraculous and amazing ways.
Trust in His plan for you, even if it may not be exactly what you’ve envisioned. Trusting for Him to work and waiting for Him to reveal something to you may change your life, it may open your eyes, it may just be a moment you will never forget, but it will be worth it. It will be rewarding.
It will be full of love.