We found out Friday afternoon we weren’t selected for the houseparent position. Yes, we are disappointed, but not devastated. I think several things helped reduce the devastation factor for me:
- Prayers by us and on our behalf that God’s will be done
- The lovely things people have said to encourage us and express their opinion that we were competent for the job
- The time that had lapsed from when we interviewed to when we heard
- Thinking through the possibility of rejection ahead of time
- Not being in a position where we desperately needed a job. We both have good jobs that appear to be stable.
- This is not the worst news a person could receive. People all around me are getting devastating news of losing loved ones, incurable disease, divorce, and other tragedies. Our hearts go out to those who are truly in the valleys of life right now.
- Looking forward to what might lie ahead. I know God’s way is always the perfect way.
- Being busy with life already and not sitting around waiting for something to happen
- Having a wonderful husband to share the journey. We went through this together. I know all of my emotions that I have shared are not his, but he was equally, if not more, disappointed.
Many have shared their stories of times in their lives they thought their path would go one way and God sent it another. I’ve heard stories of the passion people have for various ministries and the love they have for others in need and have been encouraged by their submission to God’s call. I’ve received suggestions for other directions we could go including other homes, adoption, and foster care.
Honestly, some of these ideas scare me more right now in my life than being a houseparent to 8 kids. Its all in the perspective isn’t it?
We truly want to be more than pew packers and I know that is why we decided we would see where God took this path. While being involved in the local church and its activities is definitely a good thing and greatly needed, the things I’m involved with personally take very little faith for me to do. I do the things I think/know I can do a good job at.
I’m looking for one of those experiences where I tell God like Moses or Gideon I’m not the one, only to find out when I submit to Him, that He is the One and will do great things if I allow Him to. It seems like these experiences only happen to a few, but is it because only a few are listening, watching, ready? Or is it that most of our lives we are following Paul’s advice “to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” I Thes 4:11-12 NIV In fact most of the faithful mentioned in the Bible still lived normal every day lives, day in and day out until that one significant event happened we read about in the Bible.
I don’t really know.
In the mean time, we will watch and pray and look for guidance from the Almighty and continue to do the work He has already given to us.
Thank you to all for your encouragement through this process.
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14
Here are previous posts on this journey:
Have a great weekend!
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