It wasn’t long ago that I was sitting where you are sitting, proudly wearing my Kojie jersey or antennae, wondering what life had in store for me.
Would I have a great career or flounder?
Would I marry or be single?
Would I have children or not?
Would I experience good health or poor?
What would my life look like?
What did God want me to do? Missions? Grad School? Teach? Where do I go? What do I do?
–I wanted to do God’s will.–
What does that mean?
How do I know?
So…I prayed…and waited…and listened…There was no voice, no sign, nothing.
So…. I waited, I read my Bible, I went to my classes, I talked to my friends, my teachers, my family. I dated. NOTHING was clear.
So…I prayed. I prayed for wisdom and I prayed for peace.
I took a job teaching school in Nashville, TN. I taught for a year and I prayed, talked to my friends… and waited… and wondered…
Is THIS it? Did I miss something?
I spent that summer at Camp Tahkodah and taught sweaty, distracted, hyper campers how to ride horses.
And it just so happened…a tall, blond, handsome college student was also working at Camp that summer. I wasn’t interested. He was waaaay to young. But he convinced me otherwise and we married the following year.
And it just so happened…that we heard that Highway Church was looking for a youth minister. We went to church on that following Sunday and they said, “No. We are not looking for a youth minister. However, if you’re interested, we will hire you anyway.”
And it just so happened…
Ruth gleaned in Boaz’s field.
Esther was in the King’s court.
Mary and Joseph had to be counted.
Saul went to Damascus.
And it just so happened that you…
Are in Searcy, Arkansas
At Harding University
I look behind me and I see the hand of God – I see his Providence.
I look forward and I don’t see clearly. I wonder. What’s next?
What is God’s will for me?
This is God’s will for me….”…to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with my God.”, “…Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. … And love your neighbor as yourself…”
——–Go forward with confidence. Because of what lies behind you. Because of the mighty hand of God.
II Peter 1:3 “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness…”
——–Go forward, but look back occasionally at his providential hand and say:
It just so happened.