Happy Monday! I hope you had the most wonderful weekend! My weekend was relaxing and laid back. All three nights I was in bed by 10…have I mentioned how much fun I am?!
So lately, in my little corner of the world, it seems like I’ve been surrounded by lots of good news—high schoolers getting into the college of their choice, college freshman accepted into their top sorority, and business school students getting the interviews or summer internships they’ve wanted.
But for each one of these people, there’s someone who didn’t get into their top college, girls who didn’t get into any sororities, and MBA students trying to figure out their plans, now that their top choice is no longer an option.
When things are going your way, it’s a beautiful thing! Rejoice in the Lord who is faithful, good, and has a perfect and wonderful plan!
But, oh, how I hate disappointment. Sometimes I think I’m God’s favorite, and that because I’m His favorite, He needs to do exactly as I say. The problem with that is, often, He sees things and knows things that I have no idea about, and sometimes the disappointments we experience lead us to something better. Even when things don’t go our way, we need to remember that God is still God and He knows exactly what He’s doing.
A little less than two years ago, Bernie and I were trying desperately to get out of DC, and nothing seemed to be working. We figured business school was the answer we were looking for and so he applied in the third round to a few schools. We knew the third round was the most difficult, but did I mention that I’m God’s favorite? This would not be a problem for the God of the Universe to figure out for me!
When Bernie was wait listed and then didn’t get in, we were both so discouraged. What were we going to do now? We felt stuck with no way out.
When you’re buried deep in the pit, it’s hard to trust and believe that God will dig you out, but don’t lose hope! He’s coming!
The result of that initial disappointment is one that continues to bless us—instead of heading straight to business school, God gave us a year at the beach where:
- I could grow and establish myself in my job
- Bernie had the opportunity to work with two incredible guys on a daily basis
- I got to live in the same city with my sweet sister Cally the year before she got married
- Bernie and I had a year together to recover from DC and relax, holed up in a little beach cottage one block from the beach—a year in our marriage that I will always cherish and a definite gift prior to heading to business school!
Now that we’re at business school, we continue to see why having God delay our plans a year was the best idea. Bernie is now pursuing a completely different job path (which last year helped him to see) and we have made the most incredible friends—friends that would not have been there a year ago.
Two years out, it’s easy to talk about all the ways the disappointment has evolved into a tremendous blessing, but let’s be honest, when you’re in the thick of disappointment, it totally stinks. But even when things aren’t going our way, we can still choose to: rejoice in the Lord who is faithful, good, and has a perfect and wonderful plan! He ALWAYS knows what He’s doing, and eventually, He gives us a glimpse too!