Over the craziness of the past few months, something wonderful has happened! For a few years now, I have been job hunting. I have filled out countless applications, but no one has ever gotten back to me. No one. Needless to say, it was very discouraging! Several weeks ago, I sent in a few more applications and began to wait. In my waiting though, I really began to feel disheartened. I felt like a failure for not having found something after all of this time.
I cried out to God and said, "Please God! I have been searching for what feels like forever! Please lead me to a job!"
Then I remembered a sermon that my pastor gave a while back that spoke of the power of prayer. An idea began to form. I hit the internet and began to search for some online prayer request sites. I think I clicked on ten of them, and I asked them to pray that God would lead me to the right job. I asked family and friends to pray for me as well. I was filled with hope! I could sense that God was working on something awesome! After a few days, I still did not receive a response from anywhere that I replied to. Patience, Kayleigh. Patience.
My mom and I headed to a local bakery to pick up some cupcakes. We had been going to this place for a while, and had chatted with the owner a few times. As we were waiting in line, the owner came up and greeted us. Then, he turned to me and asked me where I was working.
Taken aback, I replied, "Nowhere at the moment."
"Well, why not," he asked.
I explained that I had not heard back from any place that I applied to. He told me to go speak with the manager about working with them. My mom and I just sort of looked at each other in disbelief. I spoke with the manager and was emailed an application. I immediately came home and hit my knees, praising God for His faithfulness. I went back a few days later, and I was hired! I now work at the bakery a couple of days a week. It's a great start! Looking back on all of those years of unemployment, I realized something. God was shaping me the entire time. He was leading me towards a closer relationship with Him. He was clearing out all of those years of hurt and was making me new and whole again. If I had been working, I may have missed out on some of the other wonderful opportunities God planned for me such as volunteer work, a mission trip, a youth retreat, etc. All of those events helped me realize my mistakes and seek God. Sure, I would have had a bit more money to my name. But a close relationship with the Lord and the lessons that I have learned over the years cannot be bought with money. I would not trade those years for anything.
I am so thankful to have a supportive family to fall back on, and a God who loves me enough to guide my ways and direct my paths!
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. ~ Jeremiah 29:11
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Wow, I haven't been on here in a long time! I was not entirely pleased with any of the content that I had previously published on this blog, so I decided to take a bit of a break and start over. However, I never intended to be gone this long. Whoops! Life just got busy. I am glad to be back though and I cannot wait to start writing regularly!
Posted by Kayleigh at 1:38 PM