“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
Listen, any time you have plans to do something that has to do with worshipping God, and circumstances arise that make doing it difficult—trust me when I say that’s a sign YOU NEED TO JUST DO IT! Satan loves to find ways of keeping you from a blessing!
This is what JUST happened to me and I’m so excited I have to share (chronologically so be patient)!
My husband has been in Mississippi since August, and last week we decided our family would move there to be with him. Now I didn’t really want to leave San Diego for the-middle-of-nowhere Mississippi, however, I love my husband and he felt it would be best for us to be with him. On Sunday we had a Realitor come and assess our house. On Wednesday a contractor came by to give us quotes for updates we’d need before selling. ON THURSDAY hubby calls to tell me his orders were shortened and “IT WAS POINTLESS” for us to move out there!
*NOTE* Every Friday I try to attend prayer night at my church, where we spend time directing our prayers to God individually, then lay hands on each other as a group for specific prayer requests. Last Friday my request was for guidance in whether our family should move or not. After prayer night, I submitted to my husband’s authority that we would move, and trusted that if God decided otherwise then He would step in. AND HE DID!
Today (FRIDAY), I told my husband that I was going to get a job because our remodeling quotes were so good, but the only way we could afford it is if we have two incomes. And I’ve been feeling like it’s time to get a job again because trying to support two households seems to be stressing the hubs out.
All day I’d planned to attend prayer night to seek God’s counsel on this…but somehow ended up staying too long at the park talking with other moms…and then went to Walmart for gifts for events this weekend…and then I was going to make dinner, but suddenly realized it was already 5:53, and prayer night started at 6! So I left it up to my daughter, and said she could either eat now and miss church or eat some snacks now and have a real dinner after, and she said she’d wait. So we went to church, but I was having to nurse my son because I’d forgotten baby formula for the caregivers, and Connor was flipping out half the time we were praying, and I nearly left so many times! BUT something made me stay, and at the end I asked the group for prayer regarding whether I should leave my career in journalism and do something else, and “for God to reveal His perfect plan for me in His time“—my exact words! After that we finished up and headed out for the night.
AS I WAS PUTTING MY KIDS IN THE CAR one of the women from the prayer group came up to me and asked if I was a journalist, and I said yes, and she said she works at a non-profit FOR SEX TRAFFICKING SURVIVORS, and they ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO WRITE FOR THEM.
If any of you know me, you would know my passion for victims of sex trafficking!!! I’ve been writing articles on this topic since 2015! My English Honors thesis last year was centered around survivors of sex trafficking!! If ever I was to change careers it would be into Victim Advocate (which I actually tried to do last year, but was told I was unqualified). But this sweet woman is literally describing the job of my dreams just moments after we’d prayed for God’s plan to be revealed. You should have seen us yelling and jumping up and down in the parking lot when I shared how I’ve been focused on this issue!
And it doesn’t end there. Later, I read her business card and about the organization, and it’s legal council for victims of sex trafficking. “Coincidentally” I spent my last year in the military as a paralegal assistant in the Navy JAG office! It was actually a sexual assault case that I was assisting with there that propelled me into writing about how the military treats survivors of sexual assault, which later led me to exposing sex trafficking in San Diego.
This is a testament to how fully God holds our future (Prov. 16:9), how He longs to answer every faithful prayer (John 14:13-15), and how God’s plan is better than anything we could have had for ourself (Jer. 29:11)!
Now there’s still a chance this was all a fluke and I won’t get this job. But come on. REALLY? You’re going to play it like that? THIS IS GOD and THERE IS NO DENYING IT. So I’m not even going to doubt for a second that this is meant to be. Amen.
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
As soon as I published this, I looked at my phone and saw texts from a friend sharing yet another job opportunity—this one something I can do in my free time utilizing my other degree: English. How crazy is that? God just raining down the blessings :D!
After all this happened, on Saturday I happened to be reading Mark 10, and became really fixated on the idea of sitting near Jesus when He comes into His glory, as James and John had requested of Jesus in verse 37.
In the passage, Jesus said that “whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.” So since that time, and into Sunday morning at church, I had been praying fervently that God would make me a servant…literally saying, “God please make me a servant.”
WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENED? I get an email from the woman from the prayer group Sunday evening, saying she has a project for me, and thanking me for volunteering to help their organization. Volunteering. She had come in late Friday night, and I guess she missed my actual prayer request and only caught on that I was a journalist, so when she approached me it wasn’t to offer a job, but to enlist my services for the non-profit lol.
Obviously this is still meant to be, just not in the way I’d expected! Well, God definitely answered my prayer to be a servant!
At least there’s a beautiful promise that comes along with that:
“Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.”