So, here I am, months of searching for the right job in Florida, to no avail. Not a single interview with a dental office after many applications being sent. I can’t complain, I’ve actually enjoyed my time off and have trusted that in God’s timing He would open the doors that need to be opened, but I also prayed that He would close those that need to be closed...
We all know God is never early, but He’s always on time. My husband will be retiring and moving here next week. Since his job here was canceled, me getting a job opportunity now would be perfect timing!
Last week I had my first interview in a dental office! I was excited, I absolutely loved the doctor and staff. We laughed a lot and I really made a connection. They asked me to come back for a working interview on Wednesday the 16th.
Clean cut right! I was so blessed that the 1 door He opened seemed so perfect! Until I got home from the interview and got a call from a consultant from another office... she interviewed me over the phone, once again I hit it off with her and scheduled a working interview. I worked there Monday and loved the doctor and staff. They contacted me and asked me to come back in on Tuesday, to meet for about an hour with the doctor, since we did not get to talk much during working hours. I heard her story and really connected with her, she’s an amazing woman. I also got the opportunity to minister and share my book with a sweet girl at the front desk.
Things were now getting complicated! Two offices I love, two incredible opportunities and only 1 I can choose. My natural tendency toward anxiety began to fight for my attention. That’s ok, that’s a boost to draw closer to Jesus and receive my peace, strength and direction from Him. It’s a path I’m all too familiar with and I’ve grown to trust completely! I regained my peace in His presence and completely believed He would make the path clear! All I wanted was to remain in the center of His will!
The next day, I went for the working interview at the original office and God made the answer perfectly clear to me. There was a couple of things that I still preferred from this office, but I was able to negotiate it with the other doctor and received my hearts desires. The pay I hoped for and after 6 months she would allow me to cut back to 3 days a week so that I could enjoy our new lives in Florida with my husband and have the freedom to travel, write and minister however the Lord desires! Were it not for the 2 offers, I would have never had the boldness to ask for all that I ultimately received.
Oh, this woman who hates change and has experienced more in 6 weeks (well actually this entire year has been filled with drastic changes. Yup! Great material for my devotions) than she has in a lifetime, is only holding it together by the grace of God, but that’s enough! I know what anxiety and stress feels like, the racing pulse, the clouded mind, hard to breathe and sick to your stomach. I’ve experienced it both in the blessings of change and in the trials. Being prone to something is very different from being controlled by it!
It’s interesting, both offices used a software that I’m not familiar with. It was actually completely foreign to me! After 35 years in the dental field, I felt like a total idiot trying to do what I’m best at, without the tools that I’m familiar with. Yes! God’s underserved favor always prevails!
The point I’m trying to make is... trust God! Trust Him in your weakness. Trust Him with your anxiety and stress. Trust Him in the midst of change and uncertainty. Trust Him in the chaos and pain. Trust Him for direction, guidance and favor. He can be trusted with every single detail of our lives. No, the move to Florida didn’t turn out as originally expected, but it’s turning out exactly as God planned! The story isn’t over, as Rick moves here we are expecting God to give us another testimony of His incredible faithfulness and love as the perfect job opportunity opens up for Him!
Yes!!! Just trust Him! He’s got it all under control! It may not look the way you thought it would, but it will be a perfect, God-tailored fit!
Psalm 35:4-5 (TPT) Make God the utmost delight and pleasure of your life, and He will provide for you what you desire the most. Give God the right to direct your life, and as you trust Him along the way you’ll find He pulled it off perfectly!
Proverbs 3:5-6 (TPT) Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on Him to guide you, and He will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with Him in whatever you do, and He will lead you wherever you go.
Isaiah 55:8-9 ((NKJV) “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.