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. My dad recently retired and 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.
While working on the committee, LITERALLY BY GOD’S GRACE, I was blessed to reconnect with my former elementary principal. 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.
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?????
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.
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.
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 cried actual tears reading that and I STILL tear up just thinking about it.
God is at work, you guys. Even when times are tough, even when your situation seems hopeless. He is divinely paving your path, 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.
Don’t give up hope.
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!