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His Timing Is Perfect

It was a big decision to stop teaching high school and start writing full time.  My husband and I were confident that it was the right thing to do but we certainly felt the effect of losing one income. Money was getting very tight and I decided to look for a part time job to support my writing habit.  It couldn’t be that difficult to find a job, right?  Wrong!  We lived in a very small town and the fact that I was well educated, highly motivated and reasonably experienced didn’t seem to matter.

Plan A? I made up some fancy flyers, advertising my tutoring services and dropped them off at three elementary schools and one high school. I waited patiently until November, when the first reports came out and the parents got their first official indication that there was trouble brewing…but no one called me. So, I resorted to Plan B – I could stack grapefruits and organize boxes as well as the next guy so I applied at the local grocery store. I had a promising conversation with the manager who told me, “We’re not hiring anyone right now but your resume’s on the top of the pile” but I never heard back from him. Despite my regular visits to remind him of my presence, there never seemed to be a job opening for me. Plan C – I went to the donut shop and the woman said, “You’re perfect – I can put you on the afternoon shift” but that was the last I heard from her too. Plan D – I left my resume with five stores in the area but “being available to fill in periodically when someone was sick” was too unstable for my schedule. Plan E –  the two week, six hours/day bus driving course ended in complete disaster the moment I drove over a train track in my final exam.

I had done everything I could think of to find a job and all my plans had ended in rejection. I had been praying throughout the whole job searching journey but wasn’t getting any answers.  It was time to get some counsel so I went to see my good friends, Brian and Ellen. They listened to my story, asked a few questions and Brian said to me, “Diane, you’ve done what you can. We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. (Proverbs 16.9) Stop striving. Stop looking and wait.” 

That’s what I did. I stopped looking for a job, talked to God and waited.

Two days later, five months after I had given the schools my tutoring flyers, I received a phone call (out of the blue??) from a father who requested that I work with his daughter for the remainder of her Grade 11 year. Monika and I worked together for the next two and a half years and truthfully, I could not have planned a more perfect situation.

John Ortberg said, “Biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be.”

What if you embrace the delay?In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5.3   

2 Comments

  1. Kathy Taylor

    Wonderful lesson.
    Stop striving! Wait! Trust! Be patient! All difficult things to do, but God knows our needs.
    Monika was a perfect fit for you both. You’ve become such good friends and what a lovely woman she has become. I’m sure your friendship will continue over the years.
    Keep writing so we can keep learning and be reminded of “majoring on the majors, and not the minors”.

  2. Barb Smith

    Thanks Diane! Very good! Needed to be reminded of that yet again! Bless you!

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