In the last couple years a strong personal focus of mine has been to let go of control. I would have been labeled as having a classic Type-A personality. I wanted to be able to map out every move I could possibly make along with all the different routes it may take me. I know some of you are laughing knowing how impossible that is. It was causing me to stress out about things that really didn’t matter. The only way I have been able to do this was by trusting in God’s plan for my family and me.
A perfect example of this is our recent move from Colorado to Texas. My last job had me running ragged – mentally and emotionally. I began looking for other jobs in the Denver Metro area in late summer of 2014. After a couple months of little to no movement, I decided to stop searching. I would occasionally hop online and check openings in Colorado over the next few months but nothing really jumped out at me.
My husband and I had moved to Castle Rock in March of 2014 and had just found a church that we were really happy with in August. In the October/November months our Pastor began a series on being okay with being uncomfortable. That message spoke so loudly to me. I started praying every day about being okay with being uncomfortable; understanding and knowing that regardless of where God leads us, his plan is perfect. I began to only want his plan.
One day in December, I randomly decided to look online and see if a particular school in Texas was hiring, just for fun. They were! I was so excited I sat down and applied right there. I still remember as I clicked submit thinking, “Nothing is going to come from this but we will see!” Later that week, my husband called me at work. He was ecstatic. He told me that he had an interview for a big company based out of Philadelphia. If he got this job he would be working from home full time and was not restricted to living in any city or state. His interview was for 2 weeks later, right after Christmas. As I hung up with him I realized I had a voicemail so I listened to the message – it was the school I applied for a job at just 4 days earlier and they wanted to interview me!!
Things were definitely getting exciting. I interviewed with the school the following
Monday and they offered me a job on Christmas Eve. Neither of us had ever been to College Station, Texas – so I accepted it (contingent on Bryce getting an offer), trusting that it was God’s plan and that we would like it. All of this excitement and my husband still had not even had his first interview with the new company that called him. The next week, he flew to Philadelphia to interview. Not more than 2 days later, they offered him the job. He started work immediately. Two days after Bryce started his new job, he found out that a few of his old co-workers were laid off. That is the grace of God.
All of this sounds great – right? Well, we still had a house that we had just bought in Castle Rock 9 months earlier. We had been working on flipping the house and our plan, the entire time, was to list the house by February 1st. We were going to have to push that date up by a couple weeks. We packed our stuff up before we had an offer on the house and found a house to sublease in College Station.
We didn't know the area whatsoever so we prayed it would work out. When we got to Texas, it was sad and uncomfortable. I was homesick for quite a few weeks. I had to keep reminding myself that this is where God wants us. The second week we were there, I was reminded how perfect His plan is. We had received a generous offer on our house and the sale was going to be finalized in 45 days. Then, one of my old co-workers called me and let me know that my old department was restructured and everyone had to reapply for their jobs, they only rehired a handful of them. Another example of how God’s grace has saved me.
When you are unsure of what move to make or where to go, pray. Ask that God will guide you to His plan. Let him know that you only want His plan – there is nothing more perfect than that.