Soundtrack: Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More If you've read my blog, you probably know that my life has been a little more than crazy over the last couple of months. That chapter of my life, however, is finally coming to a sweet, beautiful ending...
I've lived in five different homes in five weeks. The shortest stay lasted four nights, the longest two weeks. I slept on couches, futons and beds, queen sized, twin sized, shared and not shared. I lived in community with men, women, cats, dogs, married couples, and unborn babies (due March 31st!). During this time I looked for a place to live and went through serious conversations with three different people about the possibility of living together, all of which fell through. I had three job interviews and applied to several other places only to never hear back. My heart ached for a home and for a job, if even just to give my life some routine. But in this difficult time God did amazing things and I got to see the promises of the Bible unfold.
Nine days ago I got a phone call from a friend who said she had a place for me to stay. Two girls from church found out that they're leaving for North Africa in just three weeks and needed someone to sublet their room. I was immediately reminded of Romans 8:28 which promises that "all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." Leave it to God to use a war in a foreign country to give me a place to live and within 24 hours answer the girls' prayers for a subleter!
The next morning I got another phone call from the same friend saying that she knew a couple at church who were hiring for their company and had told them about me. I gave them a call a couple days later and Thursday morning was offered the job. Unfortunately it wasn't a job related to film or coffee, so it wasn't exactly what I was going for. That very night I met a guy from the church who works for Campus Crusade's film production company, and he told me of a job opening they had just posted the day before. I applied that night, interviewed the following afternoon and was offered the job on the spot!
Through these months I've been reminded of what Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:25 - 34 about how we shouldn't be anxious. If God cares enough to feed the birds of the air and clothe the lilies of the field, how much more will he provide for us who he loves, values and cherishes? Luke 12:22 - 31 recounts the same conversation with Jesus, and in verse 32 he assures us "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." My friends, never has there been such a beautiful truth.
I want to emphasize that I'm not writing about all of this to simply recount the adventures I've had in post grad life, but to hopefully encourage you. I want to encourage you that God provides. He keeps his promises and he wants to spoil you sweet child!
Matthew 7:11 "If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!"
He LOVES you and wants to give you good things. He wanted to give me a job and a place to live, but it had to be in his perfect timing so that I could learn what it was he wanted to teach me first.
James 1: 2 - 4 "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
I can actually see how God is fulfilling this promise in my life since I've graduated. He's transformed my heart in ways that I know I am completely incapable of on my own apart from the Holy Spirit. My desire to pray, read the Word and simply be still in his presence has increased exponentially. He's been wearing down my approval idol, teaching me not to view myself as a burden on others and that it's a privilege for the body of Christ to serve each other. He's given me patience and genuine gratitude for every night that I have a place to stay and for every meal that comes my way. And greatest of all he's taught me to trust him and be completely content in his plans over mine.
Philippians 1:6 "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."
In short, I've fallen deeply, madly in love with Jesus.