For the last three years, I’ve been working on my goal of becoming a social worker. I’m in my third year of a Bachelor’s Program of Social Work and have earned my Associate’s of Human Services. Since I was a freshman in high school, I knew I wanted to become a social worker. I was so passionate about it! …Until this year. My fire for social work has gone out. I still believe it’s an important field in desperate need of more dedicated people, but I just can’t see myself working in it. I don’t see myself being a social worker. For the first time since I decided on this path, I don’t feel like it’s my calling.
For the last several months, I’ve been praying to God, asking Him to guide me in making the right choice. Should I stay in school, considering I have less than two years left and have invested so much time, money, and effort? Should I stop pursuing this degree and work on another? Or should I stop going to school completely, at least for the time being?
I prayed about this matter daily for weeks on end, pleading with God to show me a sign or tell me which path to take. Finally, when I realized it was the last day I could drop my current classes, I acted on the spur of the moment: I emailed my adviser and withdrew from all classes.
God Always Answers Prayers
…even if it doesn’t seem like it at first.
Less than two hours later, my husband called me with amazing (and terrifying) news: we inherited a business. His boss was moving across the country in less than a month, and all of his current clients had already agreed to work with my husband and I. He sold us equipment at astronomical discounts and even gave us some for free.
What did this mean for me? I would have to handle the tax and financial side of the business. I would have to advertise and set up meetings for my husband. It wouldn’t amount to a full-time job, but it definitely wasn’t going to be something I could handle while also going to school full time.
God answered my prayer in a completely unexpected way. All I had wanted was to know if dropping out and looking for a different path was the right answer. Not only did God answer that prayer, he answered so many others: what my path actually was (at least temporarily), how to improve my finances (which I desperately needed to do), and how to find my husband a more fulfilling job.
You Only Have to Ask
Matthew 7:7-8 tells us this:
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
It really couldn’t be any more straightforward than that: pray, and God will answer. He might do so on his own time, and it may be in unexpected ways, but He will. A year ago, if you had told me my husband and I would own our own flourishing business, I would have laughed and told you there was no way. But because I prayed to God looking for answers and truly put my faith and hope in His hands, he delivered an unimaginably good fortune.
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