I am grateful for this verse from Jeremiah 32, because it helps me to view God with the right perspective. Sometimes, when I look at my circumstances and don’t immediately see a way out, it’s easy to feel discouraged. We think and we plan, and we think and we plan some more, and still we can’t figure a way out of the situation.
Then, with absolutely no notice,￼ the Lord drops something in our laps that is most unexpected. For me, it had to do with the certification I’ve been pursuing for awhile. I have been at a standstill more or less, not able to begin my program this fall as I had hoped. So that I don’t lose too much ground, I have been doing an online supplemental program￼￼, but it is not nearly as comprehensive as my initial certification would have been.
I’m still waiting on the Lord to open the door on that front, but He potentially (time will tell) opened up another one quite unexpectedly. This one would be an opportunity for me to actually get paid hours while I continue my certification￼￼. This person contacted me out of the blue and wanted to know if I would be interested in this opportunity.
I wanted to be honest with her, so I let her know that I had not yet completed my certification. She was not dissuaded in the least! She and I exchanged a few more emails, and then she said that she wanted to chat with me, because she believed that I was a great fit for this particular opportunity. So, a couple of days later, we spoke on the phone.￼￼
The conversation was extremely encouraging, and renewed my hope that all of the hours and resources I put into my program previously were not in vain. She let me know that I would be a wonderful match for this program, even though I had not yet completed my certification (and this woman has been certified at an expert level for well over two decades). And while she encouraged me to continue my program, she didn’t see any reason why I couldn’t also start doing paid work in the field, too (mind you, we are not talking full-time work here — likely a handful of hours on the evenings and weekends).
At the end of the call, I asked her how she found me. She said that she looked through the global online directory of people who are in certification programs in my area and decided to email them. ￼The fact that I had not yet completed my certification didn’t faze her in the least, and she said that all of my efforts to supplement my learning independently impressed her, too.
We shall see what happens. I’ve learned by now to simply observe whwn things come into my life, and to not get too attached to them unless it seems like they will be staying around for awhile. Regardless of what happens, it was nice to see that a new opportunity surfaced unexpectedly, with no effort required on my part at all. Again, time will tell if anything comes of this or not.￼
And I’m not sure if any of this makes much sense, but if there is even a 1% chance that somebody would read my words and get some encouragement from them, then I wanted to share the news.
Wishing you the Lord’s very best, now and in your week ahead!￼ 🙋🏾♀️