Listen to God
By Kim Roberts
God works in mysterious ways for sure. Things that are not even on our radar manifest at the most perfect time.
I had been at my job for six years, working parttime and not actively looking for a new job. I was comfortable where I was, used to the routine and liked my co-workers, but I knew I needed more hours to help make ends meet at home.
I was starting to feel anxious and deep down, looking back now, I knew I needed to make a change. I really didn’t know where to start, but, really, I did. I started praying for God to send me a sign, a place to start to look for a job. Something right for me and my family.
I had no idea what that might be. We prayed as a family, lit candles and then one day – only a few weeks later – the answer to my prayer was in my hands. I was attending my regular parish Mass and reading the bulletin and right there in black and white was a small paragraph detailing a job that was available at the rectory. A job that suited me and my skill set perfectly – the parish coordinator. I re-read this paragraph a few times, and I knew that I had to apply.
I reached out on Monday and had an interview almost immediately and was hired shortly after. This was the first time in my career that I actually, completely left everything in God’s hands and let his will be done. I was not anxious or worried, just patient and confident that a job would come my way.
Upon accepting my new position, the peace that has enveloped me has been a gift. I wake up looking forward to going to work, the day seems to fly by, and I know that I am exactly where I am meant to be. Also, in my heart I always knew I would end up working in my parish in some capacity. It’s the place where my children went to school, grew up and my husband and I have volunteered countless hours (and still do) – but now I am receiving a paycheck for work that I love. If COVID, losing one of my best friends and rescheduling my daughter’s wedding three times all in the same year has taught me anything it is to lean on God.
He is always there and will give us strength, peace and guidance if we are still and listen.