As the new year unfolds, I’ve been reflecting on the journey God has brought me thus far. Here’s a little about my story…
Fourteen years ago this month I moved onto the campus of NOBTS. Having just graduated with an undergraduate degree in Accounting, God was guiding my life in a completely new direction. Full of passion and energy to serve the Lord, I had no idea what God had planned for me, only a firm conviction that God had called me to be equipped to serve Him in whatever capacity He led. It was both exciting and terrifying! Blind faith seemed to be the theme of my life. For the record, I’m much better at walking by sight. What can I say? I like to have a plan! Despite my clear inadequacies in the walk of faith, God continued to guide me faithfully each step of the way as some of my questions about direction were answered and new ones developed.
Fast forward eight years and God clarified my calling even further leading me again to NOBTS to pursue a PhD. By this time I was a ministry wife and mom of a toddler. My husband and I were serving full time in ministry, and he was working on a PhD as well. Life was crazy, but God faithfully guided us through. Then 3 ½ years ago we moved back onto the main campus of NOBTS when Jody was called to a ministry of full time teaching. Since completing my degree I have continued to serve as an adjunct faculty member while chasing a (now grade school!) child and preschooler all over campus.
Once again this January, God is leading me in a new direction to serve as Coordinator of Women’s Programs at NOBTS, one that I would never have imagined fourteen years ago. It’s easy to see in hindsight how God has led me and prepared me for each step of the journey. Walking in faith every day is much more challenging. Here are a few things from 1 Corinthians 10:31 that God has taught me along the way.
Enjoy the process – Each part of the journey has value even if it doesn’t make sense at the time. Enjoy whatever God has given you to do today.
Be faithful today – Whatever God has given you to do today, do it well for the glory of God.
Remember your purpose – If we keep our eyes on the big picture, the smaller details of life do not seem so monumental. Ask yourself, “Am I glorifying God in all that I’m doing today?”
Following God is the journey of a lifetime. More adventures await!