Reviewing my Ebenezer stories (yes there are LOTS!) one theme struck me. Whenever I took a leap of faith, God was faithful to provide above and beyond what I could ask or imagine.
“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10
No job. No friends. No church.
We had just moved to San Francisco. My plan had been to attend graduate school for Speech-Language Pathology. Despite the 3.98 undergrad GPA, I was not accepted into the program. Moving to a new city… I had no friends. No job. No church home. My husband travelled. It was me & God making our way through the hills and valleys of downtown San Francisco.
One day I decided to volunteer at the hospital down the street (the LEAP!). During orientation I learned of opportunities to volunteer in the Speech-Language Pathology Department. Seriously!
On my first day volunteering I was offered a part-time job as an assistant. Then a call from the local university letting me know I could attend a full load of Speech-Language Pathology classes as an extension student. Amazing!
Instead of sitting in my apartment feeling sorry for myself I took a risk. I followed God’s “nudge” to pursue volunteering at a hospital…which I had never done before. He provided amazing opportunities that I could not have orchestrated on my own.
Too much. Over-committed. Running a race.
Then the other extreme…9 years after my San Francisco miracle I found myself on the Dallas mom “treadmill of crazy.” My third child was born when my oldest was still 3 years old. That fall my eldest son attended a preschool five mornings a week.
Unfortunately, getting all the kids in the car to get him to school everyday was exhausting. By Christmas time I was completely beat down. Someone asked me at a Christmas party how it was having 3 boys and I broke down in tears. At that same party another mom of 3 boys (whom I’m convinced God perfectly placed there), told me she felt the same way. She had boldly pulled her oldest son out of school.
What? You can do that? I felt so empowered! That night I began to do my research checking out other school options. I wrote in my journal my ideal situation: my oldest two boys in a mother’s day out program 2 days a week. I sent some emails and waited.
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” Psalm 37:5
The first day after Christmas break I called a local church preschool program I had emailed. The sweet lady who answered the phone immediately knew who I was…“Oh is this Heather! I was just emailing you back.” Amazing (that responsiveness doesn’t happen in Dallas).
She went on to say that they would have classes in the fall for all 3 of my boys. And if I was interested the older two boys could attend two days a week immediately. WHAT? Had she read my journal?
God was faithful once again. Even though I didn’t know how it would all work out. He took the unrest I felt in my current situation and replaced it with peace. He sent wise women to provide insight and experience. Once I took the step of faith, He was faithful.
Another fun detail…this school is in high demand. The popularity requires parents to camp out over night hoping for the chance to register their children. What a nice treat for God to not only give me the desire of my heart, but present it on a silver platter! Not just any school, but a wonderful Christ-centered school.
If you are in a place where you feel no peace, pray for clarity on how to change the situation. Trust Him to provide an answer.
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3