Isn’t it crazy and amazing and so wonderful how God works? I started 2017 having recently moved to Boise, leaving behind two jobs I really enjoyed, to follow Jesus where He was leading me. After several weeks of searching for a job I knew I needed to stop. Stop looking, stop searching and just trust that He would provide like He said He would. That was such an uncomfortable time for me to say the least. It was hard for even my Christian friends to understand such a thing, and I sure didn’t know how else to explain it expect for Jesus told me to.
Then within a week or so I got an email that was an opportunity I wouldn’t have ever expected. It was also an opportunity that moved me across the country. I was shocked, I truly believed I would be spending way more than just a month and a half in Boise, but I knew it was my next step of obedience. So after a short interview process I packed my things and moved to South Carolina.
Some of you may know, but for those who don’t, I spent ten months in Columbia, SC serving a term with Americorps. Through them I was partnered with an organization that does disaster relief here in the States. Needless to say I learned lots of hands on skills for rebuilding homes, on top of leadership skills and ways to work with volunteers and partner with organizations to help the needing in a community.
Six and a half months into my term hurricane Harvey hit and within a few weeks of the initial distraction I was given the chance to go down to Houston for a month to gut houses that had been flooded. It was the hardest month but was unbelievably rewarding. I was asked to stay and so my one month turned into two. In that time the team I was a part of were able to gut and treat for mold about 70 houses! It was so great to be a part of such a team and I knew I wanted to do more.
After the disaster in Puerto Rico happened, I wanted to be a part of a team that went there. My parents met and married there, and although I’ve never been, I felt a deep desire to go help out there. I knew that the organization I served with sent a team there while I was in Houston so I figured I’d have to go a different way. Chloë and I talked about it and were considering going on a short term mission trip there to help out with cleanup and maybe work with the kiddos there.
I recently ended my term with Americorps and have been unemployed the last 3 weeks. In that time I have permanently moved to Columbia, which I never thought would happen. I was so sure I would be going back to Boise after my ten months, but clearly God had a different plan, which we know is always better than our own! I applied for a project manager position here in Columbia with the organization I was serving with and have gone through two rounds of interviews and have been waiting a couple weeks for the third round to happen. Then it of the blue I get a phone call from them asking if I would be up for leading a team, as a staff member, to Puerto Rico!
I knew immediately that this is why I was waiting, this is what God had for me, at least for the next 30 days, and I was in awe. I had prayed that morning to hear something from them, my bank account is dwindling away and I needed a job. And even if it wasn’t with them at least I’d know to start looking somewhere else. But I just had this peace, peace that surpassed my understanding, and I wasn’t stressing. No matter the amount in my bank account or how many days it had been since I heard anything I knew God had me and it was all going to work out for my good.
Now, I wouldn’t have ever imagined this would be the opportunity I would get but I am over the moon about it! So maybe today you’re in a place of waiting on the Lord, it’s been a while since you’ve heard anything, or you’re not sure of what’s around the corner. I pray my story is an encouragement to you and a reminder that He is faithful, always. When we fully surrender it all to Him, laying it at the feet of Jesus, and stop trying to do it on our own He shows up.