When I graduated from college I hated that I had a degree in Early Childhood Development with a teaching certificate K-12. I just wanted to be a certified Elementary teacher (I realize of course it is totally different now). When I went on job interviews I would have to explain the degree and I was always frustrated by it. But of course now I can look back and see how that was God's hand!! It was precisely the degree and training I would need to run a preschool!
Fast forward five years and we are settled with an 18 month old in North Jersey, I am working a church with my best friends (Jeff and Kari Gibelius - Jeff was the head pastor). I love my job, we love our friends . . but our family is going to expand and our tiny little townhouse can barely hold us. So after months of house shopping and finding nothing we could afford in a school system we liked, Kevin made a bold proposal, "We need to move to South Jersey." WHAT?? But things are good here, all is well, you have a job and so do I, I couldn't wrap my head around it. But after a lot of prayer I realized he was right. We put out resumes for Kevin and put our house on the market (I was going to be a full time stay at home mom-HA!). Within a week he had two job interviews (one of which is the job he is still doing 7 years later) and we had sold our house. God seemed to be opening all the doors - so we just had to walk through in faith. Of course now I can't imagine life anywhere else.
I could tell a similar story of how I started at Hope . . . tried going to the church I grew up in but it wasn't a good fit any longer, went to HOPE loved it. Long story short, about a month later I was working at HOPE using everything God had taught me at the first church. I would never have had the knowledge or confidence to take on Children's Ministry at HOPE without my experiences growing the children's program in North Jersey. And then he led me to the Preschool and every step of the way, through every trial (and there were many) God has provided the right person, mentor, staff member; He is eternally faithful.
I guess I share this to remind myself and encourage you - He knows best. I would never have plotted my life this way, but I thank Him daily that He knows better than me! Even facing the toughest trials, nights of tears, painful goodbyes, He was abundantly faithful and I am so blessed. Sometimes I just need that reminder, need to look back on God's faithful track record and know His is the road I want to be on.