Four and a half years ago I wrote about an important piece of paper we received in the mail. In that post I said, “I am not sure where God will lead us, but I can’t wait to see what He has in store for my husband next.”
At the time I thought that my husband’s time of waiting to become a principal was over. Little did I know how the next four years would unfold. I know that God’s timing is perfect, but I guess I really underestimated His plan for my husband and our family.
After receiving his principal’s license my husband taught for two years all the while applying for many administrative positions. His hopes kept getting dashed and I am sure he was afraid that God was once again saying “no” to his plans for the future.
However, in 2012, God opened a door that my husband wasn’t expecting.
The job God chose for him wasn’t as a principal but as a vocational director. In that job my husband would gain administrative experience and allow us to be more financially secure.
There were a few downsides to the job, though. My husband was still going to have to drive an hour to work only this time it would be in the opposite direction. He would also have to travel frequently between five counties, and work in an office with only one secretary instead of in a building with students and teachers. (Not good for a people person.)
For two years my husband worked at that job trying to be thankful but feeling that it wasn’t where he was meant to be for the rest of his career.
I spent much time in prayer thanking God for the job my husband had knowing full well that something had to give. No amount of money was worth my husband’s happiness.
This spring the school corporation our children attend did some restructuring and ended up needing a principal for a new middle school they were going to open in a former elementary building.
My husband almost didn’t apply for the job because he had been turned down for the high school principal’s job in the past. Still, he turned in his application with no real expectation of it working out.
Would you believe that after two rounds of interviews my husband was offered the job? We almost couldn’t believe it.
After six years of waiting my husband was finally going to be a principal. Not only that, but it was going to be at the school our son James would attend. Even better was that the school was only ten minutes from our house.
Never in all of those six years did we imagine something so perfect.
While no job is without its headaches, especially if you are a principal, this one was worth the wait.
I offer this glimpse into our life in the hopes that you will be encouraged, especially if you are in a place in your life where doors seem to be shutting and you keep getting a “no” or “wait” instead of the “yes” you are praying for.
Maybe you are praying for a new job like my husband was, or maybe you are wondering if you will ever be able to have more children.
Whatever the case may be, when you feel weary and think you can’t possibly wait any longer remember this.
God’s timing is perfect and He will see you through.