My husband received some pretty big news today that’s worth celebrating.
Sean is currently attending graduate school for I/O psychology (for us non-psych people, it’s a form of business psych so think corporate HR, not counseling). As part of his program, he’s required to complete a summer internship. This has been a huge area of stress for him and me over the last few months. On top of the stress of finding one, we had a few extra obstacles that made his search not as straight forward.
We’re both originally from Florida, but Sean’s attending graduate school in Kentucky and I work in Florida. Luckily I was able to make arrangements with my employer a while back to work remotely part-time so that we don’t have to spend exorbitant amounts of time apart. That by itself was a huge blessing at the beginning of this journey.
Now, with Sean’s internship we’re fortunate enough to both be back working in Florida so I can get face time in my office without having to incorporate long distance into our marriage.
Throughout this journey, Sean and I have been praying for God to fulfill His plan for us. While it was really easy for us to get attached to specific internship opportunities, we had to take a step back and remember that He knows better than us. Whatever He plans is better than anything we could imagine.
Now if I’m being honest, praying for His will to be done rather than praying for something to workout is really hard. We all have earthly desires that we want because we think it’ll set us up for success. But what if that’s not what God wants for us? When we pray for His plan to work out rather than ours, that’s a huge testament of trust in God.
God wants us to trust Him to do what’s best for us. He doesn’t want us to be anxious or worry about our futures.
And you know what’s funny? With each prayer Sean and I said together asking for God to fulfill His plan and do what He sees best for our futures, the fear of things not working out slowly melted away. (Let’s be real… it was easier for me than Sean. It wasn’t ME feeling the pressure of getting an internship after all haha)
They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.Psalm 112:7
Even though it would have been disappointing if the internship hadn’t worked out, there was a comfort in knowing it wouldn’t be the end of the world. If it didn’t work out it would have been because it wasn’t what God intended, which would mean something better was coming down the road.
The real struggle would have been faith that something better WAS coming and patience while waiting for God to reveal what was next.
Thankfully, we were on the same page as God this time and are very excited for the opportunity to be home this summer with friends and family.
If there’s anything that you strongly desire in life, I encourage you to pray. But not to pray for what it is you want, but that for His plan to be fulfilled through you, whatever that may be.