Years ago, when we attended a large church in Dallas, I longed to be on staff at our church. I prayed about it daily, worked part time during the summers and was even offered a full time job 3 days before the school year started one summer. Unfortunately, my principal wouldn’t let me out of my contract and threatened to take me to court if I chose to leave. I was heartbroken, and went on to have the worst school year of my career.
Over the next two years, I would continue to teach, even though my heart longed to be at the church.
After moving to the San Antonio area over a year ago, my love for our new church began to grow and grow. Over time, that feeling of wanting to work at the church came back. I would sit in church and get an overwhelming feeling that this is where I was meant to be. I had no idea how I would get on staff, but I knew it was where I wanted to be…. one day.
Back in August, I shared with you how it was time that I pull up my big girl panties and find a job.
I have to admit, I had mixed feelings about going back to work, but I knew it needed to be done. More than anything, I knew that I NEEDED it. I realize that might sound strange, but for some reason, I felt like a job completed me. I missed getting up every morning and going to work, but more than anything, I missed socializing with other adults. I was lonely.
The hardest part of going back to work was finding a job. Deep down, if I was honest with myself, I didn’t want to go back to teaching. At all. But when I was called to interview for a teaching job, I felt like God was opening a door, and I had to walk through it. After all, I was told I would probably never get an interview since there were so many applicants in the job pool, so surely if I got an interview, it must be a door God wanted me to walk through.
In the end, God opened 4 doors for me and closed each and every one of them as well.
I was so confused.
Why would God keep opening a door just to close it over, and over again?
On the day of my 4th teaching interview, I thought for sure I was going to be offered the job.
That night I received an email from the principal saying they wouldn’t make a decision until the following day since they had one more interview they needed to do.
A few hours later, I received a message from our pastor asking if he could put my name in the hat for a job they might have available at the church.
I was shocked!
Then I was sad…
Since I had already been through the interview process at the school, I was determined to follow what I felt was God’s leading. Again, why would God keep putting me through the interview process with these schools if that wasn’t where he wanted me to be?
So, with an aching heart, I told our pastor I would need to wait until I heard back from the school.
The next afternoon, I got an email from the principal where I had interviewed saying they chose someone else for the job.
So there I sat, upset that I had been told no yet again. I just didn’t understand.
Then, I remembered our pastor!
I emailed him back and let him know he could put my name down for the job.
Several events took place over the next three weeks that made it obvious that God had his hand in it all. Some were small events and some were big, but they all pointed to the church.
On October 10th, I accepted the job at our church as the Volunteer Coordinator and Assimilation Director.
I LOVE my job!!
I get to love on people.
I get to pray or read my Bible whenever I want!
Above all, I get to work for God’s church and that’s just the greatest feeling in the world!
If I learned anything at all from this experience it’s that when God closes a door, he ALWAYS opens another one.
For those of you that are currently feeling as though a door will never open, I am here to tell you to have heart. God has a plan. He knows the end. You may be in the valley right now, but once you are on that mountain you will be able to look back at each an every door and realize that God had it all figured out. Just give Him time. He’s working it out for your good even when it doesn’t feel like it. Have hope.
PS- If you are in the San Antonio area and looking for a church, we’d love to have you! Come check us out at 9:30 or 11 on Sunday morning at Cross Mountain Church.