How I Ended up at Longview World of Wonders

Longview World of Wonders

By God’s grace, I am now the Activities Coordinator for Longview World of Wonders! The events that unfolded along the way are too good not to share. So, I decided to write a blog post about it.

God’s provision is UNREAL and I hope by sharing my own story, you will find yourself encouraged to trust God is writing yours.

As some of you know, I’ve been working with my dad at Allstate the past year. This enabled me to have a steady income while simultaneously keeping speaking and blogging as my main focus. Again, the “plan” was to work there for 2-3 years but, as always, God had other plans. Since my dad recently retired, I’ve been trying to figure out my next “right” step without having even the slightest idea what that next step should be.

I wanted to pursue the path I felt would most glorify God while also allowing me to use my gifts, talents, and passions.

“What are you doing, God? What do you want me to do? How do I know which is the ‘right’ path to take!?”

I DIDN’T KNOW.

If you read I Don’t Have It All Together (And Why You Don’t Have to Either), you know these last several months have been tough! There’s definitely more to that story but that’s another blog post for another day.

In the meantime, I’ve just been taking everything one step at a time because that’s all I know to do.

Take a step here.

Tiptoe forward there.

Well, a few months ago…I read the article announcing the bond White Oak would be proposing. OUT OF PURE IMPULSIVE PASSION FOR MY SCHOOL AND TOWN, my fingers began typing an email requesting to get involved with the White Oak Facilities Bond committee.

I had to get involved.

I had to be a part of that committee.

Very rarely have I felt drawn to something the way I felt drawn to join the committee. And I can honestly say, I have had THE TIME OF MY LIFE. It has been SO MUCH FUN working alongside my fellow Roughnecks in support of a cause we all care for so deeply.

WELL…

While working on the committee, LITERALLY BY GOD’S GRACE, I was blessed to reconnect with my former elementary principal.

First of all, I don’t think I’ve seen her since the 5th grade (I’m 24 now) and here I was working alongside her!

A few weeks ago, I received a phone call from her about an opening they had at Longview World of Wonders which is a “world-class, hands-on discovery center.”

They just opened in August so I wasn’t very familiar with it…but as I was shadowing her and learning more about it, I realized...THIS IS THEIR KID-CO. Do y’all remember the blog series I wrote last year called Living out Your Childhood Dreams!? It was inspired by an indoor entertainment facility I frequently visited as a child. The more I observed and learned about Longview WOW, the more I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT.

My life has PERSONALLY been changed by a place much, much like Longview World of Wonders (though each different in their own unique ways).

Kid-Co was a crucial part of my childhood.

The memories I made there have stayed with me all this time (nearly 20 years!) and have guided my life in the direction I feel it was meant to go.

Therefore, to say I know and understand the importance of Longview World of Wonders and the work they’re doing is an understatement.

I’ve witnessed firsthand what a place like this does for a child’s imagination and ultimately their life.

To make a long story short, I’ve been hired as the Activities Coordinator for Longview World of Wonders…and in addition to coordinating the various events held at WOW, I will also be speaking on their behalf to different organizations in Longview. WHAT?????

ONLY GOD.

Everything happened SO QUICKLY and BY NO EFFORT OF MY OWN. 

THIS IS AN ANSWERED PRAYER.

I’ll be doing what I love and using my gifts and passions at a place whose mission I’m equally passionate about…a mission I WROTE ABOUT IN A BLOG SERIES for cryin’ out loud.

SPEECHLESS.

HUMBLED.

GRATEFUL.

As I reflect on these last few months, although they’ve been ridiculously hard (again, more on this in a later post), I can see how God has divinely organized every step of the way.

None of this would have happened had I not acted on impulse that evening and asked to get involved with the facilities bond committee.

It’s no coincidence I was working alongside my former principle.

By simply being passionate about one thing and pursuing that wholeheartedly, God laid something else in my lap because that’s just how God rolls.

I wasn’t looking for it and yet as a direct result of his grace and mercy, the position is more suitable for me in this season of my life than anything I could have ever imagined.

I’ve been talking to my college minister/mentor and she kindly reminded me of a few things I’d forgotten:

“[God] ALWAYS knows what is best for you and your circumstance and only works things together for your GOOD and his glory. He wants to give you ALL THINGS.”

 

“[God] has made a promise to you about what He will give you, He protects you and protects the promise even when it looks like he isn’t protecting it.”

AND (PREPARE TO GET CHILLS, PEOPLE!!!!!!!!), while reading through scripture and praying for me, the first thing she read was Psalm 105 from The Message

“Hallelujah! Thank GOD! Pray to him by name! Tell everyone you meet what he has done! Sing him songs, belt out hymns, translate his wonders into music! Honor his holy name with Hallelujahs, you who seek GOD. Live a happy life! Keep your eyes open for GOD, watch for his works; be alert for signs of his presence. Remember the WORLD OF WONDERS he has made, his miracles, and the verdicts he’s rendered— O seed of Abraham, his servant, O child of Jacob, his chosen” (Psalm 105:1-6).

All I know to say is…GOD IS SO GOOD! I’m confident this is where I’m meant to be because He made it loud and clear.

I cried actual tears reading that and I STILL tear up just thinking about it.

In conclusion, God is at work, you guys.

Even when times are tough. Even when your situation seems hopeless.

God is divinely paving your path. He’s laying it down one brick at a time. He’ll use your present circumstances for his greater glory.

He is near and He wants what is best for you.

So, don’t give up hope. DO NOT GIVE UP HOPE!

Instead, choose to trust He is working all things together for your good (as hard as that may be to do sometimes).

And come see me at Longview World of Wonders!

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Comments

  1. Theresa Mills

    You are such an encourager, Kristin. It seems that God is using you in a mighty way because you are yielding to His direction. Your life in itself is a testimony. Keep shining. I enjoy your blog.♥️

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    1. Kristin Koonce Post author

      Thank you so much, Mrs. Mills! You are so sweet and I sure do appreciate you reading my blog. It means the world! <3

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  2. Joy DeKok

    You have the gift of words! I’m so thankful for the way God led and thrilled you are sharing it out here with us. What an inspiration as many of us step and tip toe our way close to Him and His plans!

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    1. Kristin Koonce Post author

      Awwww, thank you so, so much! Thank you for taking the time to read and for your kind words! 🙂

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  3. Jenna

    What an incredible testimony! Thanks for the reminder that God can provide us with more than we can ask or imagine…and in such a short amount of time, too! I just applied for my dream internship, and this definitely gives me hope for it. 🙂

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    1. Kristin Koonce Post author

      Thank you so much! 🙂 That’s awesome, Jenna! I’m so happy you applied for your dream internship. When will you find out?

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  4. Alice Mills

    God gives us the desires of our hearts! He delights when we follow our dreams and destinies. This is just the beginning of a life time of discoveries! Blessings!

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  5. Lori Ferguson

    I firmly believe that although you said you were “acting on impulse” to get involved with the bond – you were truly just being lead by God to do that! You are amazing and I can only pray for great things to continue to happen in your life. I LOVE that you rejoice in life’s little quirky and embarrassing moments, we all have them! Good luck and enjoy your new endeavor.

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