As we were preparing to leave our hospital chaplain positions at EJG Hospital in New Orleans last August, my colleagues and I expressed our desires for our next assignments, all expecting to get other chaplain assignments. My colleagues were rightfully anxious about the next move, but not me. Not really knowing from a practical standpoint how I would live, I repeatedly expressed my desire to take some time off. “I could use a good month off”, I often said.
Well, it is now 10 months later and I have not worked yet, even though I did put in a few job applications. I didn’t even get a nibble from some most likely places, But, I have not missed a meal or a mortgage payment. First lesson about God’s ways, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. I expressed my heart’s desire for time off and God held doors shut that I thought surely would open. Second lesson, I only expressed desire for, or thought it would sure be nice to have a month off, but ” God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that ye are able to ask or think according to the power that works in you.”
When I left NOLA in September, I had no intention or idea of writing a book, but as I was preparing to do other things, I was being moved along by the Spirit. I contacted a publisher in November and by the end of January, my manuscript was on the publisher’s desk – a feat in itself. Lesson confirmed, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
It is into the Spring now and I am starting to get antsy, feeling that I really need to seriously look for a job. I apply for a couple of positions that require licensure that I do not have. But there is still a lot of going back and forth with the book, more than I had imagined. Finally, Habakkuk: The Cry of Crisis ; The Song of Victory is released on May 12th. And I set about putting some promotions in place. The very next week I am invited to interview for both positions for which I applied.It seems that God wanted me to dedicate my time and energy to completing His project before going to work. Lesson learned and confirmed,” Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.”
This week I was offered both positions for which I applied – my cup runneth over. My God keeps confirming over and over that “my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus”, But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
It is truly interesting and wonderful to watch God work. Learning His ways helps me truly learn to trust my life to His faithfulness, despite how things might seem.
“I find the doing of the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans.” ~ George Macdonald