“East Texas? Why do you want that job?”
“Are you sure you like it here?”
“What’s in Marshall, Texas anyway?”
“Isn’t that far from home?”
I’ve been getting questions like these ever since we moved to Marshall – mostly from my parents and grandma – because they just don’t see the whole picture.
If I’m honest, I don’t really see it either. But that’s ok. God does. It’s just our job to trust Him.
In fact, I’ve moved around more than you’re average young adult. And my parent’s aren’t even in the military!
I was born in Shreveport, LA. We lived there until I was 7, when we moved to Euless, TX because of my dad’s job. When I was 10, we moved to Omaha, NE, again because of my dad’s job. Then I got my bachelor’s degree at Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln, NE. I moved to Saint Louis, MO to get my Masters at Saint Louis University, and moved to Lawrence, KS to get my PhD.
For those of you keeping score, that means moving to Marshall was my my 6th move!
My dear, sweet husband has been with me for two of those moves. And that’s a lot for most people we know! Not to mention six!!
Has the path always been clear? Absolutely not!
There were a few veeeeeeeeery long months where I was about to finish my Masters degree, didn’t know where to apply for PhD programs, wasn’t getting accepted anywhere, couldn’t get a regular job, and almost lost all hope.
But then I got accepted at the University of Kansas – my ideal program! I prayed about it, and God said that He told me to wait, and everything would work out.
When I was about to finish my PhD, I had some choices available. I was receiving a tuition grant in exchange for teaching undergrad Communication classes, and it would have been possible for me to stretch out the work on my dissertation another year, and just stay in Kansas for the 2013-2014 school year. I was comfortable there, so I thought I’d just see what kind of jobs were out there to apply for.
There were some veeeeeeeeeeeeery long months where I was looking for jobs, applying, and getting rejection letters. I was thinking that maybe I was supposed to just apply for positions again the following year, because NOTHING was working out.
But then I got a job at ETBU – my ideal program! I, very excitedly, prayed about it, and God said that He told me to wait, and everything would work out.
Sometimes, in moments like these, God’s voice sounds a little sarcastic to me – like, silly, you know that I will take care of you and that I have a plan, you just aren’t patient enough to see it through. Does that happen to anyone else?
Throughout all of this, I continually turned to Isaiah 40:31. I even had a sticky note on my computer with that verse, so that I would see it every time I sat down to fill out ANOTHER application.
Isaiah 40:31 New Life Version (NLV)
31 But they who wait upon the Lord will get new strength. They will rise up with wings like eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not become weak.
Does anyone remember that scene in Remember the Titans where the large, white football player recites this verse in song? That’s how I always think of it
If you need a refresher, check out this clip:
Well, the moral of this long, drawn out story is that God ALWAYS has a plan.
And it is ALWAYS better than any plan you or I could dream up. We just have to wait to find out what it is, which is definitely the hard part.
Since coming to Marshall, other wonderful things have happened to me and my family, and it is a constant reassurance that we really are living out God’s plan, and it feels good!
I know that lots of students are staring graduation in the face right now, or in six months, and it is scary.
But take it from me, God’s in your corner, and things will work out if you just wait for His plan!