My God Answers Prayers

It's May. The start of summer. I'm freshly out of college. Now off to the "real world"  in search of my ideal job as an elementary school teacher. My only job at the moment: get a job! Not only that, but I'm hundreds of miles away from my friends, my community -- my extended family; praying that God would send me some like-minded individuals to befriend and grow with. After bouts of loneliness, filling out application after application, turning in resumes, making phone calls, NOTHING was happening. Not only was I not seeing any fruits of my labor, but I had to deal with EVERYONE inquiring about my "next move". Finding joy in the midst of seemed almost impossible. But I digress.

Now, fast forward to the end of July.
While I'm still struggling to find a job, most of my peers have already secured theirs. Knowing that teachers would soon be returning to work, I was almost beginning to feel as if it wasn't in God's will for me to become a teacher at this very moment; but I was still applying for jobs and searching around. I found a local school's website online that said they were only hiring substitutes. I decided that it was still worth a shot to email the contact person just to see if they possibly had any teaching openings. Lo' and behold, they did! The person responded and told me to come in and fill out an application. Before I could even go in the next day as I had planned, someone else from the school sent me an email saying that the principal wanted to meet with me. Ahhhh!

Meanwhile, I was also inquiring about another position at another school. I knew they had openings, however, I could not seem to get in touch with the principal. After two failed attempts at going up to the school and finding the principal not there, and getting no reply to either of my two emails, I went ahead and proceeded with the interview mentioned in the previous paragraph. I soon found out that the position was for 3rd grade. In my mind, I wanted to teach kindergarten, but I was still strongly considering it because any job was better than no job. Afterwards the principal sent me to fill out an application. Everyone was so nice. Even one of the ladies working in the office told me "oh,you got it." (in reference to the job) as I returned my completed application.

 I get called back in the following week for a second interview with the Superintendent. During which she expressed a strong interest in having me as part of her team.  She knew my hesitance with teaching 3rd grade, and didn't want to place me there if I was uncomfortable, but she still wanted to place me somewhere. Consequently, she was willing to hire me as a paraprofessional just until she could open up/add another classroom to give to me as my own. Initially, I was still under the impression that I was applying for a 3rd grade position (that I really wasn't 100% sold on). During the interview, God made it so I was able to CHOOSE between a pre-k 4 position and a 2nd grade position. After the interview, I came away KNOWING that I was now a pre-k teacher. See how God opens and closes doors for you!?

A day or two goes by and I get a call from the principal asking why I didn't show up to the first day of training. Long story short there was a mix up and the person accidentally sent the notification email to herself instead of me. No hard feelings, we're all fallible. So I show up to the second day of training. Remember how earlier I was saying how I'd been praying for God to send me some like-minded individuals? Well, I thoroughly believe He did just that. In short,these are just a few of the comments that were said by other teachers and even some administrators that I believe God used to confirm His answered prayer.

"I've been here for 13 going on 14 years. And I'll be here until the LORD sees fit. Oh, I'm sorry. I mean I'll be here as long as I'm allowed."

"While I was sick in the hospital, another teacher asked my students, what do you think Ms. So & So would want y'all to do if she was here? [*students* She would want us to not bother her while her head was bowed and her eyes were closed unless we're vomiting or bleeding.] So even if those kids never stepped foot in a church, they knew that during that moment of silence not to bother me because that's when I prayed, even if I never called it that."

"I truly believe me getting this job is all God (proceeds to share testimony of how God blessed her with the job)....I don't want y'all to think I'm a fanatic or anything, but God is the reason why I'm able to be so peaceful."

"When one of my workers got injured, everyone was looking at me like 'what are we gonna do?' and I don't know about YOU, but when I (emphasis on I) don't know what to do, I pray. So that's what we did, and it was powerful."

Like, who hears stuff like that at a new teacher orientation? For a public school? Not a Christian school, but just your average school?? Y'all, God is soooooo good! Here I was praying for a job AND like-minded people to surround myself with, and He placed me smack dab in the middle of an environment that's surrounded by other Believers! If I was an atheist, I would have left that day and never come back lol. But seriously, that's how strong His presence was in that school. Not only that, but I later found out that the principal of the other school I was interested in just so happened to be "looking at my resume" that same day. Go figure lol.

I woke up thinking I was just going to a regular training, but I left there more fulfilled and joyful than when I went in. I have no doubt in my mind that I'm in the right place at the right time. It may not be the ideal job for others, but it's ideal for me. I am in love with the fact that I have coworkers who know the Lord and can call on His name on my behalf if need be. God is amazing. God is faithful, even when we doubt or try to question how or when He's going to move. I'm a living witness that even if it doesn't happen when WE want it to, doesn't mean that it will never happen. This new season of my life was/is definitely worth the wait.

"I'm walking in the favor of God. His grace & mercy has brought me this far. I will believe all His Word says about me. Lack & poverty, it's not my destiny. I'm walking. I'm living. I'm walking in the favor of God!" 


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