There’s an old hymn that’s been on my mind lately and it’s especially fitting at this time. It’s Thursday before moving weekend. It’s been a week that has been filled with grief, anxiety and sadness. It has been heart-wrenching to face my imminent departure from Kingsville and our family at Faith Reformed Church. But it has also been a week of trusting the One who gave us the invitation to this ordinary experiment. Try as I might to stay where I am, I can’t deny the leading of the Lord in our move to Palmerston.
All the way my Savior leads me; What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy, Who through life has been my Guide?
Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort, Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well,
For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well.
What comfort in this journey! We have a Saviour who is actively leading our steps. The most recent example is one that is filled with mercy and joy. Two months ago, I prayed this prayer (or something very similar), “God, I need work when I get to Palmerston. If TG Minto (a car parts manufacturer in Palmerston) is what you have in store for me, I will happily do that but I’m not sure that I can physically handle full time work in a factory, so if you could arrange something else for me I’d be grateful.” (Apparently, I pray in run on sentences, much like I write). After that prayer I let it go until my weekly check for available work on indeed.ca when I’d ask for God for a job again. It was not my typical pattern of worrying or obsessively trying to make something happen. Heavenly peace reigned as I rested in the Merciful One who through life has been my Guide.
At the end of May I was perusing the online bulletin of Drayton Reformed Church, looking for information about an upcoming service, when my eyes fell on a posting for a job at Ramoth House. I read the description and I was excited! This posting seemed like the answer to my prayers. That night I went to visit a dear friend who expertly helped me update my 20(ish) year old, outdated resume and encouraged me in applying for the job. The next day my application was submitted and before the week was over I had an interview scheduled with the board and executive director. Days after that first interview I had a second and they offered me a job. I was hired as Ramoth House’s Program Manager!
God once more has provided beyond anything I could have imagined. I’ll be working with expecting and new mothers who are living in Ramoth House as part of a team who provide 24-7 support and intensive life skills training so that these women can grow in their parenting potential. I will be involved in helping each mom build a healthy relationship from birth (and even prior) with their baby. The job description is absolutely exciting, even if some of it is brand new like reporting to Ontario Works.
I’m not naïve enough to think that this job is going to be easy. There will be trials and weariness and I will falter. But if he was capable of leading this ordinary experiment to this point, I’m excited to see what spring of joy is ahead.
All the way my Savior leads me, Cheers each winding path I tread,
Gives me grace for every trial, Feeds me with the living bread.
Though my weary steps may falter, And my soul athirst may be,
Gushing from the Rock before me, Lo! a spring of joy I see,
Gushing from the Rock before me, Lo! a spring of joy I see.
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