But those who wait for the LORD will renew their strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run, and not be weary. They will walk, and not faint.
My life was great. I had just recently gotten engaged, I had a great job as a teacher with great friends as coworkers. I had just gotten a larger apartment at the beginning of the second half of the school year. Hiring season had started and I asked my friend who was the head teacher, when I would know I was rehired. From the beginning of the semester he kept saying to not worry about it. But in the last two weeks, he kept telling me to ask the head of the school.
I was a bit busy but finally found time to ask the head of the school. She sat me down and then told me that I wasn’t going to be rehired. I was shocked as my fiancée had planned on moving down to live with me. I had purchased furniture the month before to fill my larger apartment. Also, the head teacher told me I wasn’t hired after the end of hiring season for schools in my area.
I started to apply for school positions around the area and in the large city my fiancée lived in. I did some interviews but didn’t get a call back. My father asked some of his friends and got me a job that had long hours, from 6 AM to 9 PM, required weekends, and could move me around the country every 2 to 4 months. During this time, my fiancée and I spent a lot of time reading the Bible and praying. I felt peace even though I didn’t know how my married and work life would be like with such a job. Every time I prayed for guidance the answer I got was “wait”.
I moved up to the city and went to start work at the job my father got me. However they told me I was there a day early. They showed me temporary housing where I would be staying. As I was putting my things away, I got a phone call from one of the schools in the area that I had applied too. The head teacher told me that the principal wanted me to come in for a face to face interview. I went in and had the interview and got the job. Along with the job came an even nicer apartment close to where my fiancée worked.
From the time I found out I wasn’t rehired to when I got the job was period of two months. I studied the Bible, meditated, and prayed to God for guidance the whole time. It wasn’t until the day before I started the other job, that God opened the door for a better job.
This taught me the truth behind todays verse. Our job is to believe and trust in God and wait on Him to work through and with us. Then, He can give us strength.
Pray: God, help me when one door is closed, that means that You will open another door waiting far better than I thought. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.