In June, I handed in my notice as Church Administrator and stepped out in faith that God will provide a job for me in Taunton for September. Having already had a few interviews, and then a few more, it seemed like a constant uphill struggle: a constant stream of ‘We love you and what you stand for, but there was someone with just that bit more experience.’ Applying for Primary School jobs also had its deadline: the Summer holidays. The last interview came and went, and I was beginning to resign myself to the prospect of supply teaching. My husband, however, kept trusting in God’s perfect provision. He pointed out that each time I was invited to interview, the job was better than the previous.
On Monday 5th August, I had an interview for a Nursery job in a brand new Nursery & Primary School. Every teacher and practitioner’s dream job. Not only would it be a fantastic experience in starting somewhere completely from scratch: building a community and creating a culture where children know their value and worth, are loved, and are secure in their identity, but a salary that honoured the long hours and expectations of nursery work, and I was delighted to accept the offer of the job with the hours I requested later that day.
God is in the waiting. He’s in the process and He knows just what we need and when we need it. Throughout the process Rich and I felt a peace that surpassed all understanding - even when I was rejected from the last school right at the end of term and we knew that there would be no more class teacher positions until September, God knew. Two songs that stayed in my head were Catch the Wind and Take Courage. The lyrics reminded me who I am in Christ, and who He is. He delights in us and walks with us through the ups, downs, and emotions of life; full knowing what is just around the corner: the goodness that He has in store for us.
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? - Matthew 6 v 26-27